God with us

The English name “Jesus” is taken from the Greek word “Iésous,” which is from the Hebrew for “Jehovah is salvation.”

Think about this name meaning when the angel said to Joseph, “Do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name JESUS, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21)

As I pondered this, two separate ideas came into my mind:

  1. God works through all different languages, which I find particularly fascinating.
  2. God is communicating to Joseph, “God (Jehovah-Yahweh) saves.” But He is also communicating that this baby boy conceived by the Holy Spirit in Mary’s womb will HIMSELF save HIS OWN people from their sins. This is additional confirmation that Jesus Christ, our Messiah, is Himself God in the flesh. There is only one God and Jesus is Yahweh incarnate (in the flesh). This is confirmed in the next two verses (Matthew 1:22-23) “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).

Come let us worship the Lord our King, God who took on flesh to save His people from their sins.

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