Frank Stratemeyer may hold a record for pseudonyms used by an author. He authored books in the Hardy Boys series as Franklin W. Dixon, the Bobbsey Twins books using the name Laura Lee Hope, the early Nancy Drew mysteries as Carolyn Keene and the Tom Swift books using the pseudonym Victor Appleton. A busy fellow! But most of those monikers were only fake, used to identify his writing in different styles.
The Scriptures give several names for our Savior, all of them very real. Bread of Life, Author of Salvation, Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, King, Man of Sorrows, Morning Star, Root of David, Rock, Resurrection and Life—those are just a few! The angel told Joseph that he was to give the Baby the name “Jesus,” because He would “save His people from their sins.” Most often today He is referred to as Lord Jesus Christ, and we honor Him and worship Him.
But there was another name Isaiah told us about which has special significance for us as we celebrate the Christmas season: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). When Matthew reported this, he also provided an interpretation of the name “Immanuel”—he said it meant “God with us.”
And He really is! In our days of uncertainty, pain, and darkness, there is beautiful life and light! God Himself has entered into human history to become one of us, to share our sorrows as well as our joys, to walk alongside us and strengthen us along this journey. But not only that! He came to be with us so that we might have complete forgiveness of our sins—not just the ones everyone else has forgotten about, and not just the little ones. He is with us to completely and forever wipe out our sins and restore us to fellowship with Almighty God, King of the Universe.
What an amazing thought this is! When we could do nothing to save ourselves, God the Father became God the Son in the form of Jesus, to be with us. And we know Him by many different names.
So whether you know Him best as Jesus, or Savior, or Only Begotten Son, or Lamb of God, and whatever situation you find yourself in, please know this: He Is With You.
--Rocky Henriques, www.timothyreport.com