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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, Bruce, comes partly from an uncle on
my mother's side. It means "woodsy."
Later I learned why Dad added the name Donald.
It means "ruler."

"Woodsy Ruler!"
That's why Dad had me cutting so much firewood!

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.

Most of the time we accept our name as it is given, and don't give much thought to it.

But God had centuries of prophetic thought behind the Name Jesus Christ.
Matthew begins his gospel by saying, "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ.."
(Matt 1:1)

Let's pause and reflect on the names used in our Scripture above.

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."

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 fulfill the prophecy in Isaiah 43:11.

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).
"Jesus" (Jehovah), and "Emmanuel" (God WITH us)!
Again, it was prophesied.

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" (Jehovah)!!

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

Ps 118:14 says,
The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

What about those NAMES?!?!

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce