Monday, January 4, 2010

It's all in the Name

Before we leave Christmas behind, I want to leave us with this post.  I preached a short message at our Christmas Eve Services on the Names of Christ...specifically, on how these names reveal why Jesus came.

Jesus = Savior (from the Hebrew name "Joshua" which means "Jehovah is salvation").
Christ = Anointed (the Greek equivalent of the name "Messiah").
Immanuel = God With Us (first given to Jesus by the prophet Isaiah some 700 years prior to His birth).

Savior, Anointed, God With Us.  Three names for Jesus, which reveal why He came.  A name, a title, and a description.  Take a look at these Scriptures below;

25The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."
 26Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he." (John 4:25-26)

21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
 22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us." (Matthew 1:21-22)

Jesus came as God's son, his "anointed"
Jesus came to save us from our sins
Jesus came to show us the true nature of God, and to live with us forever

Before you pack away all the Christmas decorations, presents, etc. take a moment to pause and remember why Jesus came.  Pause, consider, and then worship Him.  Or look at it another way...what if He hadn't come?

soli deo gloria - To God Alone be the Glory

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