Let’s Sing His Name

What’s your favorite Christmas carol? I love to go Christmas caroling and attend Christmas musicals during the season. Today, I encourage you to focus on singing the names of Jesus.

His Name IS Advent Devotion: Day 12

We find the names of Jesus present throughout the carols and hymns we sing each Christmas season. Hopefully some of what we’ve been reading and studying in the names of Jesus, you’ll find in these wonderful songs. I hope you find deeper meaning and a sense of His presence as you sing them this year.

The Word (Christ Incarnate)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. —John 1:1-3

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. —John 1:14

Immanuel

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “ Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). —Matthew 1:22-23

Christ the Lord

And the angel said to them, “ Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. —Luke 2:10-11

Savior

She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. —Matthew 1:21

King

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “ Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him. —Matthew 2:1-2

Son of the Most High

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. —Luke 1:30-33

Holy One, Son of God

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy — the Son of God. —Luke 1:35

In his Christmas study, The Sovereignty of God in Christmas, T.M. Moore suggests reading through some of the Christmas carols to see how many different names for Jesus you encounter. How many ways do the carols represent the work of Jesus as Christ and Immanuel? Sing the carols together with a new appreciation for their profound meaning.

Thus we see the sovereignty of God at work in the names associated with the Baby born in that manger in Bethlehem. Jesus Christ, Immanuel: What Child is this? He’s the One anointed by God, the very Word and Son of God incarnate, sent to bring the people of God into the promised land of saving grace and glory. He vanquishes all our enemies – especially those who hold our souls captive. He overcomes every obstacle to our entering the holy place of the Lord. He is with us to fulfill all righteousness and bear all punishment, so that we might be with Him where He is, forever in glory. —T.M. Moore, The Sovereignty of God in Christmas

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This post was first published on the blog on December 13, 2014.

Pause to Consider…

Psalm 95

A pause…sometimes we really need one. Just to take a moment—STOP—take a deep breath. This is a much needed thought for me today! I’ve hit that point in the Christmas season where, if I’m not careful, I’ll find myself spinning out of control in so many ways….shopping, wrapping, planning, activities, baking, eating, more shopping. I NEED to stop, pause and breathe. Today seems like the perfect point in our devotional series to do this! We’ve spent the past two days looking at the names of Jesus as the Good News and our Good Shepherd.  Let’s spend today just reflecting on some Scriptures related to our need for Good News and a Good Shepherd.

His Name IS Advent Devotion: DAY 11

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He is the Good Shepherd

img_9352We continue looking at Isaiah 40:9-11. Yesterday we focused on verse 10 which speaks of Jesus, the Good News! He alone brings about salvation and one day He will return, coming in power and might, King of kings and Lord of lords. God’s purpose and plan for redemption are complete in Christ. But not only is Jesus the Good News, but as we see in verse 11, He is our Good Shepherd.

His Name IS Advent Devotion: Day 10 Continue reading “He is the Good Shepherd”

He is the Good News!

I love the sense of anticipation and excitement found in this passage of Scripture. It’s like the night before Christmas, when little ones find it hard to sleep anticipating what joy and surprise tomorrow holds. This prophecy found in Isaiah 40 is evokes the same excitement and is full of great anticipation. Herald of good news! Behold your God! The Good News of the gospel is on the way —Christ is coming!

His Name IS Advent Devotion: Day 9

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He is the Heart Healer

His Name IS Advent Devotion: Day 8

This Christmas season you can celebrate and know Jesus as your heart healer.

Look at the prophecy in Isaiah 62:1-2:

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord ‘s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion —
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.

—Isaiah 61:1-2

We find the fulfillment of this prophecy in Luke 4:18-20:

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord ‘s favor.”
And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “ Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing. —Luke 4:18-20

He IS Jehovah Rapha—The Lord Who Heals. Continue reading “He is the Heart Healer”

He is a Bright Morning Star

His Name IS Advent Devotion: Day 7

Jesus is the Bright Morning Star, the Light of the world.

Isaiah 9:2 and Numbers 24:17 are two prophecies that speak of Jesus as a great light and a star:

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone. —Isaiah 9:2

I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near:
a star shall come out of Jacob,
and a scepter shall rise out of Israel. —Numbers 24:17

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Let’s read through some cross-reference verses that speak to Jesus being the Light and a Bright Morning Star: Continue reading “He is a Bright Morning Star”

Son of the Most High God

His Name Is…Advent Devotion: Day 6 

We continue today looking at the prophecy from Isaiah 7:14. Yesterday we read of Jesus, Immanuel—God with us.  The fulfillment of this prophecy reveals another name of Jesus to us.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. —Isaiah 7:14

Read Luke 1:26-33

What is Jesus called in this verse?  What do you learn about His character and nature?

What other name of Jesus do we find in the passage in Luke 1:32?

Read the following cross-reference verse and note anything you learn about Jesus, the Most High. Where is He now seated? What is He doing? Continue reading “Son of the Most High God”

Immanuel—God with Us

Remember, all the rushing and impatience of NOW! causes us to miss the joy of the moment. As we commit to being intentional this Christmas season and to not allow the hurried and harried NOW! attitude rob us of joy and peace, let’s slow down and soak in the presence of Jesus—Immanuel, God with us.

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His Name Is…Advent Devotion: DAY 5

Today we will look at the prophecy found in Isaiah 7:14:

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. —Isaiah 7:14

What words or phrases stand out to you? What do you see foretold about the birth, life or death of Jesus? What do you learn about the character and nature of Jesus?

Read  Matthew 1:18-25 to see the fulfillment of this prophecy.

What further insight does this passage give you? How does knowing Jesus is Immanuel —God with us, encourage you today?

His name IS…Immanuel, God with us!

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful. —John 14:27

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. —Galatians 2:20

For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 8:38-39

Jesus’ presence renews, refreshes and enables us to rejoice in the ALL the moments of this often harried and hurried season.

Share with us what you’ve learned by leaving a comment at the end of this post.

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This post was originally published on Get Real on December 5, 2014.

 

A Humble King Who Rules the World

Not enough hours in your day. Circumstances beyond your control. Never enough no matter how hard you try. Life has not turned out as planned or expected. Rushing. Frazzled. Weary. Can you relate? Today, you need to know the humble King who rules the world.

His Name IS Advent Devotion: DAY 4

Jesus, our King! Behold Him!  We continue our study in Zechariah 9:9 focusing on the latter portion of the verse.

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem.
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
—Zechariah 9:9

He is name is Lord of lords and Kings of kings (Revelation 17:14) and He IS…

A HUMBLE KING

The people of Israel, to whom this prophecy would have been originally addressed, were eagerly anticipating the arrival of a king. But their expectations of this king and his kingdom were not quite what God had planned. They were expecting a King! Royalty! They were looking for a political Messiah who would restore the nation of Israel and its glory. Someone who would free them from the bondage of being ruled by other nations. A humble king arriving on a donkey was not what they had in mind. Their king would surely be coming in glory and splendor, riding upon a war-horse, clad in robes and riches. Jesus did not come as they expected and therefore many missed His arrival.

How often do your expectations collide with God’s plans or with your own reality? Continue reading “A Humble King Who Rules the World”