Was the Christ Child Named Immanuel According to Scripture?
The name Immanuel in reference to Jesus is written in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah. The virgin birth is foretold in Is. 7:14 where the prophet records: “Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel.”
This prophecy is fulfilled and is again recorded in the New Testament by Matthew 1:22-23, as the apostle adds the following phrase to the words from Isaiah: “which means God with us,” following the name “Immanuel.” Scripture does not say, however, that the Messiah’s name would actually be Immanuel.
We can find many titles throughout the Bible for the Lord because people during different times, in both the Old and New Testament, called the Lord God by various names. Isaiah refers to the Messiah in Is. 9:6 when he says: “His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” However, none of these titles could be stated as the actual name of God’s Son, although these were descriptions used in referring to Jesus. The book of Luke reveals that an angel told Mary that Jesus “shall be called the Son of the Highest” (Luke 1:32). Three verses later (1:35), the angel states “the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God”. Neither of these was His name. One of the most important Messianic passages in Jeremiah is found in vs. 23:6 and in vs. 33:15-16: “This is the name by which He will be called: The Lord our Righteousness.” His righteousness was brought to us in exchange for our sin, for all those who believe. But, it was not His name.
Thus, when Isaiah says (many centuries before His birth), that Jesus would be called “Immanuel”, it means that He is God and that He dwelt among us during His earthly life, and that He is now always with us. Jesus is the incarnate God, living among us, making His dwelling among us. (John 1:1,14)
He did not come as an angel or a spirit who appears from time to time. He came with human flesh, enduring all the worldly temptations, and ultimately suffering a painful death in payment for our sins. No other religion can give the comfort and hope He offers.
Submitted by Billy Saville