Matthew 6:9-13 - After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom
come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive
our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
As we enter into the month of December it is appropriate that we start with the
book of Matthew. We will cover first the introduction to Matthew and follow up with the genealogy of Christ and during the
next two weeks we will of course cover the birth of Emanuel and other important issues that occurred because of his birth.
The Sermon for This Week is: Jesus And Immanuel - Matthew 1:18-25 - Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his
mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her
husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put
her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying,
Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all
this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with
child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph
being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she
had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
1. In Matthew 1:18-25, we have Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus...
a. Matthew tells the story with a focus on Joseph
b. Whereas Luke centers on Mary
2. Noble qualities of Joseph are certainly seen in this passage...
a. His tender consideration for Mary
b. His willingness to bear ridicule
-- Little else is known of him, for it is his adopted son who is the primary interest in Matthew’s
3. The word “gospel” means “good news”, and hints of just how good that news is
occurs in this passage...
a. Especially when one contemplates the names by which the son of Mary was to be called
b. Such names as Jesus and Immanuel
4. In this lesson, we shall consider more closely these two names...
a. One which describes His office (what was He to do?)
b. One which describes His nature (who was He?)
[First we note that in his dream, the angel of the Lord tells Joseph concerning the child to be born of
I. “YOU SHALL CALL HIS NAME JESUS”
A. HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS OF THIS NAME...
1. A very common Jewish name, often given in memory of Joshua (the Hebrew form of the name, Jesus)
2. It is interesting to compare these two figures of history
a. Joshua led the nation of Israel into the promised land (Canaan)
b. Jesus leads the people of God into the Promised Land (Heaven)
B. SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS NAME...
1. Jesus (Joshua) means “God is Savior”
2. The son of Mary was rightfully called that, because “he shall save his people from their sins.”
- Matthew 1:21 - And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people
from their sins.
3. This Jesus would do by saving them...
a. From the guilt of sin
1) By offering His blood as the atonement for their sins - cf. Romans 5:8-9a - But God commendeth
his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood,
2) When one is washed by the blood of Jesus, He truly is their Savior
b. From the power of sin
1) By sending His sanctifying Spirit to help His people break sin’s dominion
2) Paul writes of this in Ro 8:1-2,12-14
c. From the consequence of sin
1) I.e., the wrath of God to come
2) Cf. Romans 5:9 - Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from
wrath through him. - 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 - For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had
unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom
he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
d. Ultimately, from the presence of sin
1) I.e., when we depart to “be with the Lord”
2) Cf. Revelation 7:13-17 - And one of the elders answered, saying
unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And
he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the
blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth
on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them,
nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains
of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
4. And so the name of Jesus should be...
a. A very encouraging name to heavy-laden sinners
1) Souls which desire salvation may draw near to the Father with confidence through Christ
2) For it is His office (function, work) to show mercy - John 3:17 - For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
b. A very sweet and precious name to believers
1) For He continues to intercede in our behalf, to save us from our sins
2) Cf. Hebrews 4:14-16 - Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the
heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest
which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we
are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace
to help in time of need. - Hebrews 7:24-25 - But this man, because he continueth
ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him,
seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
[As stated in a popular hymn, “There is a Name I love to hear...” and that name is
Jesus ! It may have been common in the days of Jesus, but should be very special now to all those seek to be saved
from their sins! As Matthew recounts what the angel told Mary, he adds that the birth of Jesus also fulfilled the prophecy
of Isaiah in which it is said...]
II. “THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL”
A. HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS OF THIS NAME...
prophecy concerning this name is found in - Isaiah 7:14 - Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold,
a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
2. In which a virgin would give birth to a child who would be called “Immanuel”
B. SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS NAME...
1. Immanuel literally means “God is with us” - cf. Matthew 1:23 - Behold, a virgin
shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with
2. This name describes the Messiah’s nature; i.e., that He is Deity!
a.. Other passages expound upon this aspect of Christ’s nature
1) He is “Mighty God, Everlasting Father” - Isaiah 9:6 - For unto us a child is
born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
2) He is “God”, possessing the “glory of God”; the Great “I AM”, who
shared in the glory of the Father prior to His incarnation - cf. John 1:1-3 - In the beginning was the Word, and
the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without
him was not any thing made that was made. - John 1:14 - And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and
we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. - John 8:56-59 - Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen
Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then
took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and
so passed by. - John 17:5 - And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self
with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. (cf. Isaiah 42:8 - And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.)
3) Declared to be “the Son of God with power” by virtue of His resurrection - Romans 1:3-4
- Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared
to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection
from the dead:
4) He was “equal with God” who willingly humbled Himself - cf. Philippians 2:5-11 - Let this
mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being
found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God
also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should
bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
5) In Him “dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” - Colossians 2:9 - For
in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
b. Human minds, finite and feeble, wrestle with this great mystery, but Jesus was “God manifested
in the flesh”! - 1 Timothy 3:16 - And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest
in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into
1. Would you have a strong foundation for your faith and hope...?
a. Then keep in constant view your Savior’s name “Immanuel” (“God with
b. For having become flesh, God understands our human plight - cf. Hebrews 2:17-18 - Wherefore
in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful
and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins
of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
2. Would you have sweet comfort in suffering and trial...?
a. Then keep in constant view your Savior’s name “Jesus” (“God is Savior”)
b. For in sending His Son to die, God has offered a propitiation for our sins - 1 John 4:9-10 - In
this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live
through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be
the propitiation for our sins.
So they called the Child born of a virgin and raised by a carpenter. By His resurrection from the dead,
He proved true to His name. Are you willing to obey Jesus as One who was “God with us”, and through whom
“God is Savior”? - Matthew 7:21-23 - Not every one that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast
out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me,
ye that work iniquity. - Matthew 28:19-20 - Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching
them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even
unto the end of the world. Amen.
Mark 16:15-16 - And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and
preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but
he that believeth not shall be damned. - Lord I truly thank
You for giving the opportunity to present these words to my brethrens. I pray that You will keep them in Your blessings and
accept them into Your heart - this I pray in the name of Thy Son, Jesus, the
Messiah, Your only begotten son which Ye sent to save mankind from themselves. Amen
be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace
be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. - Ephesians 6:23-24
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