Mary and Joseph

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"The Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will conceive and bear a Son and shall call His name Immanuel." - Isaiah 7:14

Couples who are expecting a child usually give a great deal of consideration to the name they choose for that baby. Often it takes a long time for them to decide on one that is just right. I have heard that choosing the right name for a child is one of the hardest things to do! After all, that name will be with that child for their whole life.

When Mary and Joseph were expecting the Lord Jesus, they didn’t have to worry about choosing a name. God had already selected the perfect name and sent an angel to tell them that the babe should be called Immanuel.

Immanuel — means “God with us.” Yes, the angel was telling Mary & Joseph that the child she would bear would be God Himself coming down to live among men. Scholars tell us that the when the Bible speaks of God dwelling among men it literally means “He pitched His tent” among us — He came to live right where we live.

The naming of the Messiah was foretold 700 years before Jesus’ birth. Isaiah wrote in our O.T. Text that, “The Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin will conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) This was one of many prophecies that Jesus fulfilled when He was born. And this was one of many names that He would bear.

Throughout the New Testament, the Lord Jesus was given many names. He was called the Light of the World, the Lamb of God, the Good Shepherd, the Bread of Life, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Son of God, Messiah, Christ, the Savior, Jesus, Lily of the Valley, & the Bright and Morning Star.

Each of these names reflects a different facet of His character and helps us understand who He really is. Of all the names that were given to Him though, none brings more comfort to my heart than Immanuel — God with us.

But, when I think of what Mary and Joseph lived with, knowing that their son would be born to be the atoning sacrifice for humanity, it both blesses me and saddens me. How did Mary & Joseph do it?...how did they live with the knowledge that their son was being borne to die? And, how much pain did God endure, giving His Son up to redeem us?

God is with us—Immanuel...we are blessed to have a God who loves us enough to die for us. And we thank God today for Mary and Joseph’s sacrifice!

Prayer: 
Father in Heaven, thank You for the comfort that comes from knowing You became flesh and blood and lived among us. Thank You for loving us enough to humble Yourself and redeem us with Your only Son, Christ Jesus. I rest in Your presence. I find comfort in knowing that You are with us, Immanuel! Amen.
Date: 
Jun 24 2018