Some of the first questions asked of new parents are, “What is his name.” “What are you going to call him?”
For the virgin-born baby lying in a manger, that question had been answered centuries earlier. The Prophet Isaiah proclaimed Israel’s promised Messiah.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel [God with us] (Isaiah 7:14).
Isaiah also foretold that the baby’s humanity would be united with His deity.
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us… (9:14).
A child was to be born of a virgin—in union together with the Son of God who would be given. God’s own Son. Messiah of Israel.
The angel explained this miracle to Jesus’ mother, Mary, even telling her that the child’s name would be Jesus—the Greek version of the Hebrew name, Joshua, “Yahweh is salvation.”
“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus (Luke 1:31).
“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; (Luke 1:32)
Mary was puzzled. After all, she was a virgin. She asked the angel, “How can this be?” (v. 34).
The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35)
Immanuel! Son of the Most High! Holy Child! Jesus! He was more than just a baby lying in a manger. He was God Himself. Born as a human being–so He could pay the penalty for our sins. So we could become His children. So we could have fellowship with God.
He was born so we could be born again!