Friday, December 23, 2011

He Shall Be Called...

"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us." - Matthew 1:23


I love this passage of scripture because Israel, a people in waiting, will finally see their Savior. The angel doesn't just tell Mary that she will have a son named Jesus. No, he tells her that her baby will be called Immanuel...GOD WITH US!!


As a young mom, I am reminded of the naming process. Don't we all want a name that is strong? We want to give our children a name with meaning, and power, and identity!! That name becomes our child's legacy.


Well, our Immanuel didn't have just one name. NO...he is referred to in more than 100 different ways in the Bible. It really bothers me that the English language has deluded the names of Christ. To the Jews he wasn't just "Jesus." He was and is, so much more!!




Immanuel
Deliverer

Wonderful Counselor

King Of Israel

Prince of Peace

The Son Of God


Can you imagine one name meaning so much? The Old Testament has many beautiful names for God as well.


El Shaddai - Lord God Almighty


Adonai - Lord, Master


El Olam - The Everlasting God


Jehovah Jireh - Our provider





This last name is my favorite right now. I have found myself crying out to "Jehovah Jireh," so many times this past year. We serve a faithful God, and he became our Jehovah Jireh once again his holiday season.


A few weeks ago our church sent out a benevolence request for a single mother in need of a refrigerator. Our hearts stirred for this family immediately as we learned that the mother of a seven year old boy had been in a terrible accident this past spring. Her time in the hospital resulted in being laid off work. That combined with medical bills forced the woman and her son into an unfavorable situation.


Of course an accident this past spring has also put my loved ones in a difficult situation this holiday season, so my heart was tendered toward this women. We also discovered that her son has Type One Diabetes which as effected Eric's family in a major way. God clearly placed this mother in our path and her son in our path.


We didn't have a full size refrigerator, but we did have one from college which we will be giving her. We also felt lead to make sure her son received Christmas presents. We asked to purchase a few toys for him and began to pray that Jehovah Jireh would provide us with the funds to do something special for this family we had never met.


Again we serve a mighty God because as I was cleaning out a closet I came across an old bag that needed to be thrown out. Upon further inspection we found $45 inside which we immediately put toward gifts for this little boy. That same night I won a $25 gift card at my work Christmas Party. I don't know if you're adding this up, but that is a total of $70 for this precious boy!!


Please don't think I am telling you this story to look say, "look what we did." In fact, I debated on posting this at all because I wanted to do this in secret so God would receive all the glory.


However, I know there are lots of you out there who need hope in miracles this Christmas. Like Israel, you are waiting. You're waiting for Jehovah Jirah to provide for you. You're waiting for the Prince Of Peace to to reign in your life. You're waiting for El Shaddai to pour his mighty power on you. You're waiting to feel Immanuel come along side you and surround you with his glory.


As you wait please know that this Redeemer that was born so many years ago can be your most perfect Christmas gift this season. Do you know him? Is so, what are you calling Him today?

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