Reading: ” And they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted, is God with us.”—Matthew 1:23
He you ever considered what a peculiar beauty and sweetness there is in every name by which our Saviour is made known to us in his holy word? Surely, if nothing more had been intended by it, than to identify and prove his sacred person, one name would have answered this purpose. Evidently, therefore, there is great importance designed in His many names.
There is so much loveliness in every individual name of Jesus that you would not part with one of the Redeemer’s names—no, not for the world. At one time or other, in your walk of faith, you need every one and will find the preciousness of every one.
Consider Emanuel, for example. Had he not been Emanuel, he could not have been Jesus, for none but God can save a sinner: and therefore he is called Emanuel, which signifies, “God with us.” Hence, therefore, he is God—God in our nature, God tabernacling in our flesh, and God in our hearts, the hope of glory.
It is the Godhead of Jesus that gives efficacy and value to every act of redemption. As God, his righteousness is the righteousness of God to justify thee—His sacrifice to atone, His blood to cleanse, His grace to bless. All these blessed acts of Jesus derive efficacy to answer all their glorious purposes, because they are the acts of God. And notice also, that all that yet remains to be fulfilled, in what he hath promised concerning salvation, in now pleading thy cause, and hereafter taking thee to glory; these cannot fail because he who has promised is Emanuel.
My soul, never, never lose sight of this most sweet and precious name of Jesus.Call him as you are commanded—his name is Emanuel.
Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.