Above All Names

December 2015: A Word From Dr. Stanley

Do you know what your name means? In biblical times, a name was very important because it was intended as a description of the person.

In the account of Christ’s birth in Matthew 1:18-25, Joseph was told by an angel to “call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). In Hebrew, this is the name Joshua, which means “Yahweh saves.” What an appropriate description of the Son of God! He came to die on the cross to rescue us from sin, so we could be forgiven and spend eternity with our loving, heavenly Father.

Jesus Christ still dwells in and among us today through the Holy Spirit.

But Jesus wasn’t the only name given to Christ. This same passage mentions a prophecy by Isaiah: A virgin would bear a son, and the child’s name would be Immanuel, meaning “God with us” (Matt. 1:22-23).

Although the temple and the ark of the covenant were reminders of the Lord’s continual presence with His people, He was now coming to live among them in a personal way—through the incarnate Savior. And though He rose from the grave and ascended into heaven, Jesus Christ still dwells in and among us today through the Holy Spirit.

Each day is an opportunity to walk with God. It’s my hope that the devotions in this issue will help you grow in your relationship with Him, as you meditate upon all the Lord has done—and will continue to do—now and forever.

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18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.

19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.

20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

23 BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which translated means, GOD WITH US."

24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife,

25 but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.

21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

23 BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which translated means, GOD WITH US."

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