Psalm 24 intones, “who is this king of glory?” And then answers with a resounding, “The Lord of hosts, He is the king of Glory.”
This morning, as we continue celebrate the birth of Christ I want to briefly look at the infant in the manger and see his name and recognize just who is this king of Glory through looking at seven identifications of the baby in the manger in answer to the question: “Who is this king of glory?”
We begin with the name that Gabriel commanded he be given before He was even in the womb.
In the gospel of Luke we read…
“ Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus . ” ( Luke 1:26–31 , NAS)
Afterward Gabriel in turn spoke to Joseph and he commanded that man saying, ““ She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” ” ( Matthew 1:21 , NAS)
When Gabriel first speaks to Mary he calls her “Favored one” That is, “One who has received much grace!” As she pondered the greeting his explanation concludes that she will name Him Jesus.