The Bible says, “you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” It also says, “they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us)” (Matthew 1:21, 23). These powerful names were given intentionally, chosen specifically, selected with purpose in mind. My wife and I spent a lot of time picking our daughters’ names; it was an exciting exchange of thoughts and ideas that helped us make very special memories. It seems that Mary and Joseph missed out on that process, but remember where this child came from.
God chose this name before the foundations of the earth (1 Peter 1:20)! God always had a plan to save man through Jesus (Ephesians 1:4). God forever intended to be with us through His Immanuel. Is God really with us? If the virgin birth isn’t proof enough, the story of Israel is an ironclad guarantee. God was always with them even when they weren’t with Him, in cloud, in fire, at the mercy seat.
God can be with us too, but we have to let Him. Don’t get me wrong; He’s not passively waiting for us to dial Him up. He is actively seeking a relationship with us, “texting” everyday. Look at the events of your life and see if they’re not pointing to Him in some small way. If we ever expect to be in relationship with Him we must reciprocate just as actively. Please read Ephesians 1:3-4 and James 4:8 to see how those verses effect you with these thoughts in mind. He chose your name; will you choose His?