Early in my ministry I had a pastor who was called to preach when he couldn’t even speak a word. He had a membrane grow across the opening in his voice box so the only sound that he could make was a grunting sound. But there was nothing wrong with his mind and he was clear that God had called him to preach. He would try to preach but no one could understand him. They were compassionate and considerate but they were not receiving the message.
Finally, a voice therapist discovered the growth over his voice box and thus began the process of opening up the voice box so that he could speak. They would poke red hot needles through the membrane, cauterizing the opening so that it would not close up, and then letting it heal. The next operation was to enlarge the opening more by the same process until the opening had been enlarged enough to allow him to speak. Then came the final day when he would speak his first word, and he said JESUS.
I was listening to a radio preacher who was bringing a Christmas message and was speaking on an often overlooked person of the Christmas story, Joseph, Mary’s husband. In his message he made the point that there is not one word that is recorded that Joseph ever spoke. That surprised me so I began to search the Christmas story once again to see if that was correct. Technically, he was correct in that he was not quoted as saying anything, however it is also recorded that he named Him, JESUS which was the direction of the angel of the Lord to so name him. The only word that we are certain that he spoke is the name, JESUS.
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins
Mt 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
Since Joseph was not the father of Jesus the naming rights then would fall to the mother, Mary, who also named Him JESUS, which was also under the direction of the angel Gabriel, who was sent from God. We can therefore conclude that Jesus was named by His Father, God; by his stepfather, Joseph, and his mother, Mary.
Mt 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Lu 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
Lu 2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
This then is the heart of the Christmas message. A savior has come to save us from out sin, and His name is JESUS.
Ac 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.