Matthew 1:18-23. God wants to be known in a very real, deep, intimate way. The message of Christmas is that God is no longer way off up there somewhere but through his son, whose name is Emmanuel, God is with us. To know Jesus is to know God. Not just knowing about God but to really know God. The message, abundant, and abundantly clear in the Bible is There really is something special about Jesus’ name. This name identified the believer not just as a religious person who believed in God or knew about God but as someone who knew God in a personal way.