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.


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 Christ

The Anointed One who would free Israel from oppression and occupation

Bringer of Good News to the poor

Fulfiller of God’s promises


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)


Yahweh saves

The One calling us to “just believe”

The One telling us to “fear not”



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)


God with us

Incarnate One

The Word becoming flesh

Humility that bore a life of presence and acts of mercy




Which name ascribed to Jesus in Matthew 1 has the most meaning to you this Christmas season?

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