Jesus special names are scattered throughout both the Old and New Testaments. The prophet Isaiah 7.14 wrote, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel." Isaiah called the coming messiah "Immanuel" meaning "God with us."
The angel appearing to Joseph said, "you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." Jesus was God with us and the savior of our sins. "Jesus" is the Greek form of "Joshua," which meant as in Matthew 1.21 "he will save his people" or "the LORD saves." Even before his birth, Jesus' title was "Savior" meaning "God with us." Another of Jesus' special names was "Christ" in Greek, or "Messiah" in Hebrew. Both of these names denote the "Anointed One."✞
John Newton before his conversion was a drunken sailor and later a slave ship captain. On one occasion, he spotted a British warship on the horizon and to save himself from capture and imprisonment hurriedly threw his cargo of chained slaves overboard to a watery death. Later, he came to know the importance of Jesus' special name as his own personal savior. He received forgiveness for this and other terrible deeds he had committed during his lifetime. He mourned that he had used Jesus' name as a curse on many occasions and had not respected it more. As a result, he wrote the immortal hymn, "How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer's ear." The name of Jesus is indeed special and sweet to Christians today!✞