It's December 12; Good Morning Union

“You shall call His name Jesus, because he will save His people from their sins.”  Matthew 1:21


I was reminded yesterday morning of two names the baby was given- Jesus, in verse 21, and Immanuel, in verse 23. BOTH have significant meaning and helped me focus on the “reason for the season,” so I thought I would write about them this morning!


Jesus is the Greek form of the Hebrew name for Joshua and it literally means, “The Lord saves.” The Hebrew says “yehova” (the Lord), “shoo-ah” (saves). But as I looked at the deeper meanings this morning I had another ah-ha moment! The word “saves” in the Hebrew also means “to make roomy!” Oppressed people were confined and restricted; Jesus came to set them free! And He does the same for me today. Sin and sinfulness restricts and limits my possibilities. Jesus came to make things “roomy” for me so I can be all He wants me to be- in HIM! I like that!


Immanuel is literally two Hebrew words, emanoo “with us,” and “el” God- God with us!


So “two reasons for the season” include the fact that God wants to dwell with me (which He did in the person of His Son) and that He dwells with me SO THAT He can save me and make my life more roomy! Wow! I hope I keep that in mind as I enjoy this holiday season, with all the secular glitz and glamour!


For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. SO THAT whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 is all about those two names. God gave a piece of Himself to dwell with us SO THAT He could save us. THAT ought to be enough to give me a “Merry and Joy-filled Christ-mas!”


Have a great day remembering the “reason for the season,”

Pastor Rich


Quote for the day: “What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” - Augustine