North Anderson Baptist Church
On the Way to Bethlehem “Name Him Jesus; Name Him Immanuel”
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  • North Anderson Baptist Church
    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
There was an expectation in the land of Israel among the people of God that there would be one, a Messiah, who would come to save them from their oppressors and set up an earthly kingdom. The New Testament sheds light on the Biblical kind of “Messiah” that would come by saying that He would be the “Son of the Blessed One.” The term “Christ” in the New and Old Testament was a word that described the “Anointed One.” The word “christos” in Greek meant “anointed” and in the New Testament when the word Christ was used it was assumed that it referred to “The Anointed One” who would come and set the world right. (New International Encyclopedia of Bible Words, page 162)

As we look at the Old Testament it was believed that “God’s plan for Israel’s future was understood to include such a person as a deliverer and ruler.” (New International Encyclopedia of Bible Words, page 162) That person was going to be a conqueror, one who would bring freedom from those who oppressed Israel and its people. Many believe He would be a warrior who would come as a king and set up a royal kingdom from the line of David and then rule forever. The Old Testament concept of “anointed” was a word that was linked to two offices, one of a king and the other of the high priest. Being prophesied that the “Christ” was of the line of David, then this “Messiah” would be one who would hold both the office of King and of the High Priest. As we look at the life of Jesus, we see that He fulfilled all that the scripture called for to obtain the office of “King and High Priest.” As the High Priest, Jesus offered Himself up to the Father in heaven as the true “Lamb of God” who would take away the sins of all world and to make intercession for us. (New International Encyclopedia of Bible Words, page 162) And as a King Jesus would rule the hearts and lives of those who come to the Kingdom of God through salvation.
As I have mentioned the people of Israel had an opinion of what this Messiah would be like. When they saw Jesus and heard Him, they did not think that He met the qualifications to be that “Son of God,” “The Son of the Blessed One.” People said that the “Christ” would not come out of Galilee, seeing that Jesus was from Nazareth. They would say that the “Christ” was to come from the line of David and that would be from Bethlehem, the town of David. So, when the disciples and others called Jesus the “Christ”, the rulers did not it and did not want people to say He was the “Christ.” (John 7:41)

It is obvious that the people of God expected the Christ from Bethlehem (remember the passage in Micah 5:2, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”) to appear but they did not think this Jesus was true, real Christ. Not only was the true “Christ” suppose to be from Bethlehem but as the Samaritan woman at the well, when in conversation with Jesus, would tell us the other aspect the Jews believed about the Christ. She said, “I know that Messiah is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us;” the Jewish people thought this Messiah would explain the future and the plans of God to them. (John 4:25) People of the time of Jesus were expecting that the Christ who was to come and would explain all things to them but they never thought it could be this man from Nazareth.

This Messiah was on the minds of the people of God and particularly those who were in Jerusalem during the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. The two men walking to Emmaus that day of the resurrection expressed what all the people thought. They said as they walked along in despair, “We had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” With the appearance of Jesus most thought there would be a national renewal, someone who would deliver them from their oppressors and they were disappointed because “this” Christ was not the one. Evidently there had been others who came along before Jesus and proclaimed themselves as “the Christ,” “God’s Anointed One,” just like Jesus. But none of them had the the authority and true credentials like Jesus had.

Even the High Priest got into to act by asking Jesus when Jesus was brought to him on that fateful night. Here is what the high priest said to Jesus, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” When Jesus answered, “I Am,” instead of falling at Jesus’ feet to worship the Son of God, like he should have, priest charged Jesus with blasphemy. (Mark 14:61-64) The rulers listen to Him but rejected the truth that came from His mouth. They were looking for another, one who would not call them out for their hypocrisy and take their power away.

Now we come to the scripture this morning that will reveal to us the true identity of this child of Bethlehem.

1. JESUS

Our scriptures today tells us two names that the God of Heaven calls His Son, this child of Mary. One from the New Testament and one from the Old Testament.
Why Jesus? What was so special about Jesus? It is God’s personal name given to His Son, with all the other names given as titles. Paul said that Jesus is the “name above all names”
This name speaks of the divine authority that Jesus came as the great “I AM.” Eusebius, an early church father of the third century, said “The name of Jesus means the Salvation of God.”

The name "Jesus" is an Anglicized form of the Greek name Yesous found in the New Testament. Yesous represents the Hebrew Bible name Yeshua, which occurs as "Jeshua" in English Bibles (Ezra 2:2; Neh 7:7). In Medieval English the "J" was pronounced as a "Y." Yeshua, in turn, is a shortened form of the name Yehoshua ("Joshua" in English Bibles).
Moses' right-hand man, Joshua, has three names in the Bible. Originally, it was Hoshea, but Moses changed it to Yehoshua (Num 13:16). During the Babylonian Exile, it was shorted to Yeshua (Neh 8:17).
"Yehoshua" is a compound name consisting of two elements.
(1) The prefix "Yeho–"
In the Hebrew Bible "Yeho-" is used at the beginning of certain proper names: Jehoshaphat, Jehoiachin, Jehonathan (the "J" was pronounced as "Y" in Medieval English).
(2) The second element of the name Yehoshua is a form of the Hebrew verb yasha which means to deliver, save, or rescue.
Thus, linguistically, the name "Yehoshua—Yeshua—Jesus" conveys the idea that God (YHVH) delivers or saves, eventually through his servant Messiah, who bears God's name.

The Hebrew Bible word "savior" [moshiah] is also rooted to yasha.
Isaiah 19:20 may refer to the Savior-Messiah: "He [God] will send [to the Egyptians] a Moshiah and a Rav [champion] and he will deliver [natzal] them."
Accordingly, in Matthew 1:21 "Yeshua" is the name God gave his Son. It is his birth-name.
"She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Yesous [Yeshua in Hebrew], for it is he who will save his people from their sins."
Then note the play on words on the name "Yeshua" and the noun "yeshuah" that Hebrew speakers would hear in Acts 4:12
"There is salvation [Heb. yeshuah] in no one else; for there is no other Name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved [Heb. yasha]" (v. 12).
I didn’t have to go through all of that but some of you really like words and where they come from and that might give you more information regarding the name of “Jesus.” We see from the Matthew passage that God wanted us to know as well as the Israelites that Jesus was the one who would “save His people from their sins.” Jesus means - “the Lord saves.” Jesus came to the earth to save us because we can’t save ourselves from sin and its consequences. No matter how good we are we all need Jesus to save us. (LAB p.1641) God made a promise to deliver the Israelites that is found in Psalm 130:7-8,
This again tells us that Jesus is the fulfilment of prophecy.

I love the Acts 4:12, (Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”) passage which tells us that the disciples were in trouble with the religious rulers, again, and they made it clear to the leaders that they followed Jesus and there was no other name under heaven, the name of Jesus, whereby men can be saved! So, we need to remember that God calls Jesus the One who will save you and me from our sins.
2. IMMANUEL

Now to the name found in both the New Testament and the Old Testament, a word for Jesus that is mentioned in Matthew 1:23 passage and Isaiah 7:14.
Prophecy played such a great part in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. God told us in both the Isaiah passage and the Matthew passage that Jesus would be called Immanuel. This is again a title for Jesus. The title that tells us that God is with us! What does that mean? When Jesus came, God came in flesh! Through His son He made His presence known through the flesh of Jesus. John the Apostle wrote in John 1:14,
One of the names of God is Jehovah - Shammah which means “The Lord Is There.” Ezekiel the prophet penned the word Jehovah - Shammah, “The Lord Is There” when speaking of Jerusalem, he said in the last verse of his writings, 35 “The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits.“And the name of the city from that time on will be: “the Lord is there.” When God told the Israelites that He would be with them and that He would be in Jerusalem and He would be in the Temple, He was telling them that He would be there where they are. Dear friends, when Jesus came God said that He would be with us through the presence of Jesus. When Jesus died and then was resurrected and then eventually ascended, He told us that when we receive the Holy Spirit into our lives that He would be “in us and with us.”

Christians we are not alone! You have heard the Word of God say in both the Old and the New Testament that God will “never leave us nor forsake us.” He does that when we are in Christ through the person of Holy Spirit. He is with His Church and with His children. We are not alone even when you are by yourself.

Our Christmas can be even better when we realize that our God has sent us His Son, Jesus, to save us from our sins and to give us an Immanuel, God is with us.
Won’t you today hear God’s voice calling to you to believe in this Jesus for forgiveness of your sins? If you do, you will have God with you forever.

Amen to our God!

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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