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)

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

 

 

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

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