THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
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."
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.
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.
Matthew begins his gospel by saying,
"The book of the generation of Jesus Christ.." (Matt 1:1)
The name Jesus (Greek: Iesous) has Hebrew origin,
coming from the name Jehoshua (Hebrew: Yehowshuwa,
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,
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 the prophecy of Isaiah who said in
"I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour."
Later, (in Matt. 1:21 above) an angel instructed Joseph to call
Mary's son "Jesus."
And other people would call Him "Emmanuel,"
which means God with us (Matt. 1:23 above).
Loosely translated then, these two names "Jesus Emmanuel"
would be: "The Lord is salvation, God with us!"
It is no small wonder then that the angel told the shepherds:
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11)
He is "Christ" (Messiah) "the LORD" (belonging to Jehovah)!!
May we be reminded by our celebration of CHRISTmas, that Jesus is:
God Incarnate, God exhibiting Himself in human form, God among us!!