Advent Reflections: And They Will Call Him…

Bethlehem today

Bethlehem today

This is the fifth in a series of reflections on Matthew 1:16-25.

Matthew gives us three names for Jesus.  Each one is pregnant with meaning and hope.  Which name ascribed to Jesus in Matthew 1 has the most meaning to you this Christmas season?

and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. – Matthew 1:16 (NRSV)

Messiah
The Christ
The Anointed One who would free Israel from oppression and occupation
Bringer of Good News to the poor
Fulfiller of God’s promises
Deliverer
Everlasting King

“She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21 (NRSV)

Jesus
Yahweh saves
The One calling us to “just believe”
The One telling us to “fear not”
Healer
Redeemer
Feeder of the hungry
Good News

“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” – Matthew 1:23 (NRSV)

Emmanuel
God with us
Incarnate One
The Word becoming flesh
Humility that bore a life of presence and acts of mercy
Love

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