Names in the Bible have important meanings. For instance, my daughter Sara’s name from the Bible means princess. My son Jason’s name means one who will heal. However an angel didn’t tell me what to name my children. Even in Bible days, I am sure it was very rare to have an angel appear to the parents to tell them what to name their baby.
What is even more unusual is that the angel appeared to Mary and Joseph separately, so there would be no mistaking what the baby’s name would be. “And you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins,” the angel told Joseph. (Matt. 1:21 NKJV) Then in Luke 1:31 the angel told Mary, “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.”
In Isaiah 9:6 other names are given for Him. “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
His name is Wonderful. “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him a name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.” Phil 2:9.
His name is Counselor. Jesus Himself said, “I am the good Shepherd and I know my sheep. My sheep hear My voice.” John 10:11, 27.
His name is Mighty God. The Hebrew here is God Almighty, showing that the One who fulfills this prophecy will be God Himself, the One True God.
He is the Everlasting Father. Again this is an indication of Jesus’ divinity. He told Philip, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father,” John 14:9.
He is the Prince of Peace. Peace was proclaimed by the angels to the shepherds in the field, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14.
Peter in Acts 4:12, said, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
The name given by God in heaven, announced by the angels. When the filthiest sinner calls on that Name of Jesus in faith, God will wash the sinner white as snow.
His name is Healing. I touched a feverish brow and spoke His name. By morning the fever was gone. We spoke His name over a 2-year-old girl with leukemia and she has now been in remission several years.
His name is Salvation. Billions have spoken that name and become residents of a new country, Heaven. Just like aliens who stand in a courtroom and pledge allegiance to the United States of America and forever change their homeland, so we stand in the courtroom of God Almighty, swear allegiance to Jesus Christ, and we are forever changed.
His name is Deliverance. Just the mention of His name brings demons to their knees. A woman tormented by depression and thoughts of suicide now leads a Christian women’s group, set free forever by the name of Jesus from those powers of darkness.
His name is Peace. A person facing surgery speaks the name of Jesus in prayer and calmly lies down without any dread.
His name is Comfort. Standing over the grave of a dear loved one, we speak the name of Jesus and comfort floods our soul. He said He would never leave us or forsake us, that He would go with us to the end of the world.
His name is Abundance. As we break our bread in Jesus’ name and serve it to the hungry world, we know that it will never run out. We give our love-gift to the Lord with cheerfulness, knowing that what is left over will always be enough to meet all our needs. We give to the poor, knowing that from the Lord we will receive our reward. We open our hearts and our purses to the needs of the people knowing that Jesus also opens His windows of heaven to pour out a blessing on us that we cannot contain. He is the Lord of plenty, who always supplies our needs according to His riches in glory, not according to the economy of this world.
His Name is Wonderful.
Isaiah 9:6 NKJV, “And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.