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Matt 1:21-23
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name
JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was
spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son,
and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is,
God with us.

LIGHT from the WORD.

My grandmother, Ada, named my dad Julian Burton.
Perhaps she had thoughts of grandeur for him, because....
the name, loosely translated, means
"conqueror from the fortified town."

I know my first name was from an uncle on my mother's side.
But, I think Dad might have still been angry with grandmother
when he added "Donald" as my second name.
Loosely translated, Bruce Donald means "woodsy dark stranger."
Weird, huh?

Most of the time we accept our name as given.
We do not relate much thought to it.

But God had centuries of prophecy behind the Name Jesus Christ!

The name Jesus (Greek: Iesous) has Hebrew origin,
coming from the name Jehoshua (Hebrew: Yehowshuwa,
pronounced Yehhoshu'ah).
The meaning of that word is "the LORD is salvation!"

Now, the name Christ (Greek: Christos) also has Hebrew origin,
coming from the name "Messiah" (Hebrew: Mashiyach,
pronounced mashee'ak).
The meaning of that word is "the Anointed One!"

Putting the two names together, one might loosely translate
Jesus Christ as: "The LORD is salvation, the Anointed One!"
This would certainly fulfill another prophecy of Isaiah.

In our text above, Joseph was told to name the child
JESUS, and He would also be called EMMANUEL.

May we be reminded by our celebration of CHRISTmas, that Jesus is:
God Incarnate, God exhibiting Himself in human form, God among us!!

The FIRST, and most important present of CHRISTmas is:

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce