…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14

Jesus, Immanuel … what is the meaning of His name?

The most powerful and important name in the Bible is Jesus.  Names of people and places in the bible have meaning, and it is good to understand their meanings.

What does Jesus’ name mean?
How does Jesus save us from our sins?
What does Jesus name mean to us, today?

The whole Bible, both Old & New Testament reveals Jesus, the Son Of God,
God’s love and plan to save mankind.

John 20:31 (NIV)
But these are written that you may believe that
Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God,
and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Luke 24:27 (NIV)
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, Jesus explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

What does Jesus’ name mean?

Just before the birth of Jesus, His name was made known to his parents, Mary and Joseph.

Matthew 1:18-23 (NKJV)
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call
His name Immanuel,”
which is translated, “God with us.”

Jesus is Immanuel, God with us,
and He will save His people from their sins.

The book of Matthew is translated from an original Greek text of the book. Jesus or Iēsous in the Greek means ‘Jehovah is salvation’.
In Matthew 1:21 the angel gave a good explanation  of  the name Jesus,
He will save His people from their sins.’

Luke 1:30 (NKJV)
30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.

When Jesus came, Matthew records Joseph, his father’s experience.  Luke records Mary, his virgin mother’s experience. It is interesting to note that both individually received the same revelation that His name is Jesus.


Jesus coming to earth was prophesised many years before  in the book of Isaiah.

Isaiah 7:14 (NKJV)
14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel

Matthew quotes Isaiah prophecy and explains the Hebrew name of Jesus, Immanuel as ‘God with us
In Jesus, our God is not far away … He is the God with us,

Isaiah 57:15 (NIV)
For this is what the high and exalted One says—
    he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
I live in a high and holy place,
    but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
    and to revive the heart of the contrite.

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
So do not fear,  for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

He is not a God far away,
but with us through life’s ups and downs.
We are not alone in life’s journey.

I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you
I am with you
I am your God

Jesus came to live amongst us on earth.

How does Jesus save us from our sins?

First, a quick summary of the life of Jesus:

Acts 10:36-43 (NIV)
36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

39 “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and power,
he went around doing good and healing all,
they killed him by hanging him on a cross,
and most importantly, God raised Jesus from the dead.
More than 500 people met Jesus after his resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:5-8)

Jesus our Savior is alive

Jesus Christ, is Lord of all
Jesus is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.
Howevereveryone who believes in Jesus receives forgiveness of sins through Jesus name.

Jesus is Lord of all, the Judge of the living and the dead,
and by believing in Jesus our Savior,
we receive forgiveneness of sins through Jesus name.

Jesus said, “Because I live, you also will live.” John 14:19

1 Timothy 1:9,10 (NIV)
9 … This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 

Ephesians 2:4,5 (AMP, NIV)
But God, being [so very] rich in mercy, because of His great and wonderful love with which He loved us,
even when we were [spiritually] dead and
separated from Him because of our sins,
He made us [spiritually] alive together with Christ (for by His grace—His undeserved favor and mercy—you have been saved from God’s judgment)

Through Jesus by believing in Him  we have life in his name.
We are no longer [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of our sins),
but made [spiritually] alive together with Christ.

Acts 4:12 (NIV)
Salvation is found in no one else,
for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind
by which we must be saved.

Only Jesus saves mankind from our sins through believing in Him,
He makes us right with God,
and He has destroyed death and has brought life.

Acts 13:38-39 (NIV, NLT)
38 “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that
through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.

39 Through Jesus everyone who believes is set free from every sin,
a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.

38 Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that
through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins.

39 Everyone who believes in him is declared right with God
—something the law of Moses could never do.

Through Jesus we receive the forgiveness of sins, …  everyone who believes is set free from every sin, and declared right with God, and by believing we have life in his name.
We are no longer [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of our sins),  but made [spiritually] alive together with Christ.

How is this achieved ?

Hebrews 9:26-28(NKJV)
26 … But Jesus has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Jesus, the son of God, came onto this earth to save man from his sins, and make us right with God, through His sacrificial suffering, death and resurrection for our sins.
No mortal man can save himself.
Only God himself can save us.

Jesus will come back a second time, to bring salvation to us,
i.e. to save us from the judgment.

Jesus is the fullness of God, the visible image of the invisible God.

Colossians 1:15-19 (NIV)
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Jesus came to earth to save us from our sins through his blood, shed on the cross.
to reconcile us back to God.
He is the God with us.
Praise God!  Amen 🙂

2 Corinthians 5:18 (NASB)
18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation

John 1:12 (NIV)
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name

God reconciled us to Himself through Christ,
and we receive the right to become children of God

Therfore, by believing in His name, Jesus,
we receive the forgiveness of sins,
…  everyone who believes is set free from every sin,
declared right with God,
by believing we have life in his name,
and become children of God,
reconciled to God through Christ.
We are no longer [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of our sins),
but made [spiritually] alive together with Christ.

Praise the Lord!

Jesus is the God with us,

John 14:18, 23 (NIV)
18 I will not leave you as orphans;
I will come to you.

23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.
My Father will love them,
and we will come to them and make our home with them.

Today, let us,  Come close to God, and God will come close to you … James 4:8 (NLT)
through Jesus, in Jesus name.

What does Jesus name mean to us, today?

The name of Jesus is the most powerful name,
there is spiritual authority in His name.

Ephesians 1:19-23 (NIV)
19 … That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Philippians 2:9-11 (NIV)
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus Christ is Lord,
His name is above every name
His name has the highest authority, and is all-powerful.
Because He rose from the dead, God exalted him to the highest place,
and God placed all things under his feet.

When Jesus was on earth,

… God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power,
and … he went around doing good
and healing all who were under the power of the devil
Acts 10:38 (NIV)

When Jesus resurrected, He told His disciples,
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Mathew 28:18 (NIV)

The disciples of the early church prayed,

29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and
enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.

30 Stretch out your hand to heal
and perform signs and wonders
through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

Acts 4:29,30 (NIV)

*** In Jesus name, by the authority of Jesus name, we receive answers to our prayers,
as we remain in Him and His words remain in us
i.e. obey His word, ask according to His word and will.

John 15:7, 14:12-14 (NIV)
15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

14:12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

1 John 5:14, 15 (NIV)
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

*** In Jesus name, by the authority of Jesus name, we receive healing

1 Peter 2:24 (NIV)
24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

By the wounds Jesus suffered for us on the cross, we receive healing

Acts 3:2-8, 16 (NIV)
Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

*** In Jesus name, by the authority of Jesus name, we drive out demons, and demonic activity.

Mark 16:17,18 (NIV)
17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

Acts 16:16-18 (NIV)
16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit,

In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!”

At that moment the spirit left her.

*** In Jesus name, we serve others in the authority and character of His name,
be it through a miracle or a cup of water to anyone in need.

Mark 9:38-41 (NIV)
38 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us. 41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.

Colossians 3:17 (NIV)
 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.

In conclusion,

Believing in His name, Jesus, we receive the forgiveness of sins, …  everyone who believes is set free from every sin, declared right with God and become children of God.

Because God raised Christ from the dead,
Jesus name is above every name,
God exalted Him to the highest place,
and God placed all things under His feet.

As believers of Jesus, because of the power of His name,
in Jesus name,
* we receive answers to prayers,
* heal sickness, drive out demons,
* and serve others like Jesus (in a Christlike way)
with his authority.

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