3.4.6.4 Immanuel–Servant of God–Son of David

Holy Scripture mentions additional majestic titles of Jesus: Immanuel, Servant of the Lord, Son of David.

The Hebrew name "Immanuel" means "God with us". In reference to Jesus, Matthew 1: 22-23 cites the prophecy found in Isaiah 7: 14: "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel." Jesus Christ is thus the One in whom God is directly present and through whom God can be directly experienced.

In the Old and New Testaments, the term "Servant of the Lord" refers to outstanding personages in the history of salvation: patriarchs, prophets, Apostles. Isaiah's references to the Servant of the Lord were fulfilled in Jesus Christ (Isaiah 42: 1).

In the New Testament, "Son of David" is a familiar title for Jesus Christ. The beginning of the gospel according to Matthew already emphasises that it is "The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham" (Matthew 1: 1). This signifies that the promises which had been made to David were fulfilled in the Son of God.

SUMMARY

"Majestic titles" are names and designations which refer to various characteristics of the uniqueness of the Son of God. (3.4.6)

That Jesus of Nazareth is the "Messiah" is unanimously professed in the New Testament. (3.4.6.1)

"Lord" is a designation of the divine authority of Jesus Christ. (3.4.6.2)

The term "Son of Man" denotes a heavenly being that is not part of the human race. The Lord personally identified Himself as this Son of Man. (3.4.6.3)

Holy Scripture lists "Immanuel" ("God with us"), "Servant of God", and "Son of David" as further majestic titles of Jesus. (3.4.6.4)

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