Christmas series #2: Who is the Christmas Child?
Who is the Christmas child? Doesn’t everyone know? Isn’t He the Son of God born in Bethlehem? Isn’t His name “Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace,” as prophesied in Isaiah 9:6?
Isn’t His name “Emmanuel, meaning God with us,” as explained to Joseph by the angel Gabriel in Matthew 1:23? Yes! Yes! Yes! to all those questions.
God named Him Jesus. That was God’s instruction to Mary by the angel Gabriel. Luke 1:26:33 The same instruction was given to Joseph in Matthew 1:18-21. There was no question or argument as to what His name would be. The names means “for He shall save His people from their sins.
Who Is Jesus?
The full form of that name was translated from the Old Testament name, Je-hoshua or Joshua, meaning Jehovah will save. Wow! Did you hear that? JEHOVAH will save! The JEHOVAH of the Old Testament has come as a man to dwell with men on this earth in order to be their Saviour.
Two Names of God: Elohim and Jehovah
Elohim is the name of God that speak of His power and His preeminence.
Jehovah is the name of God that speaks of His relationship with His own; with Israel in the Old Testament and with His Church in the New Testament.
Jehovah is the English rendering of the Hebrew tetragram, YHWH. It’s original pronunciation was unknown. The Jews took seriously the third commandment to avoid taking God’s name in vain. So to keep from speaking that holy name carelessly, in the 3rd century BC, they started using the name Adonai, or Lord, to refer to God. In the King James Version, Lord is used instead of Jehovah, whereas in the American Standard Version, Jehovah is used.
The sacred name Jehovah is derived from the verb to be, implying that God is eternal. Jesus claimed in John 8:58 that He is I AM. When He made that claim the Pharisees were furious with Him and tried to stone Him. Jesus was claiming that He has always existed and always will exist. He was never created.
Ten names are linked with Jehovah in the O.T.
These linked names teach us more about Jehovah.
Jehovah-rophe Jehovah heals. Exodus 15:26
Jehovah-meqeddesh Jehovah sanctifies. Exodus 31:13
Jehovah-tsabaoth Lord of Hosts I Samuel 1:3
Jehovah-elyon Jehovah Most High Psalm 7:17
(Here’s one you will recognize!)
Jehovah-rohi The Lord is my Shepherd Psalm 23:1
Jehovah-jireh The Lord will provide Genesis 22:14
Jehovah-Shalom The Lord my Peace Judges 6:24
Jehovah-Shammah The Lord is there Ezekiel 48:35
Jehovah-Tsidkenu The Lord our righteousness. Jeremiah 33:6
Who is our Shepherd, Provider, Righteousness and all the things above? JESUS. Jehovah was the pre-incarnate name of Jesus. Jesus is the Jehovah of the Old Testament.
John made a blanket statement in John 1:18 when he declared that “No man has seen God as any time. The only begotten Son has revealed Him.” Jesus revealed the Father. Do you want to know what God the Father is like? Look at Jesus and you will see a perfect reflection of the Father.
So whenever Jehovah appeared or spoke to anyone in the Old Testament, it was the pre-incarnate Jesus. This is the WONDER of Christmas. That baby in the manger was Jehovah of the Old Testament now a tiny, human helpless baby boy, dependent on His mother to feed Him and change His diapers. Isn’t that amazing!
Many years ago, Dr. James Grey, one of the early presidents of Moody Bible Institute was sitting in Lincoln Park in Chicago reading his Bible. As he read it suddenly dawned on Him that Jesus was the Jehovah of the Old Testament. He stood to his feet in silent, reverent worship. He was not aware of the time he stood there until suddenly he noticed that people were staring at him.
Are you sitting there at your computer in silent worship? Has this glorious truth dawned on you. The Christmas baby is the Jehovah of the Old Testament. He is the Creator God who has no beginning or ending. He is the great I AM. If you have put your trust in Him, He is your Saviour, your Lord and your God, as Thomas exclaimed at Jesus’ resurrection, as recorded in John 20:28
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