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The virgin Mary was unblemished in soul and body. The birth of Jesus was to be by immaculate conception. A miracle. The angel announced :

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you and power of the Highest will overshadow you: therefore, also that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”

God himself would leave His Majesty, and take on the nature of Man in Meekness.

“Jesus” and “Emmanuel” (Matthew 1:21 & 23). These were divine names given to this special child describing His office and His nature.

Jesus:

Jesus meaning Saviour, would be the one to save His people from their sins. This child the angel spoke about in Luke 1:28, would save sinners by washing them in His atoning blood. This was His mandate. He would save sinners from the consequences of sin and bring salvation. His own blood would be the atoning blood that would save souls. It is through Jesus that every believer would access the throne of Grace. This would be His work: to save the world and not condemn it (John 3:17).

Emmanuel:

The name Emmanuel, meaning God is with us, is the name given to our Lord representing His God-yet man nature. The name Emmanuel is rarely mentioned in the Bible, (Isaiah 7:14, 8:8, and Matthew 1:23), yet it is so unique and special. Emmanuel is God manifest in the flesh, He is God with us. The one who would take on both divine and human nature, except sin. Emmanuel would be God, yet man. He would hunger and thirst just like man. He would weep, groan and experience pain.

This child of Mary would be the one to bring comfort to those in need of comfort, hope to the hopeless, rest for the weary and help for the helpless. He would show mercy to the lame and the blind, heal the sick, defend widows and protect the fatherless.

This is the time of the year that we remember God’s promises. His promise to send us our Saviour, Our Lord Emmanuel who is with us ALWAYS. Celebrate Jesus! Celebrate the birth of Christ. Emmanuel, God with us! Rejoice and again I say, Rejoice!

© Ruth Dickson #RuthDicksonAuthorUK   #GihonPublishingandtranslating #BeholdEmmanuel #GodMan #GodwithUS #Luke1:26 #Luke1:42 Matthew1:18

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