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)
The Anointed One who would free Israel from oppression and occupation
Bringer of Good News to the poor
Fulfiller of God’s promises
“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)
The One calling us to “just believe”
The One telling us to “fear not”
Feeder of the hungry
“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)
God with us
The Word becoming flesh
Humility that bore a life of presence and acts of mercy