"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.  And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her, desired to put her away secretly.  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 that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.  And she will bear a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for it is He who will save His people from their sins."  Now all this took place that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying "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."  Matthew 1:18-23


:  Messiah

Jesus, You are IMMANUEL - GOD WITH US!  Your birth to a young girl was prophesied in Isaiah 7:14!   You are the fulfillment of the prophecies in Isaiah!  You are the One we had been waiting for!  Joseph believed the angel who appeared to him and "did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took her as his wife, and kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name JESUS."  (Matt. 1:24-25)  Jesus, You are GOD - come down from heaven to live WITH US!   You are not just any child, Your birth is not just any birth - You are GOD WITH US!  Keep this at the center of my heart as I prepare to celebrate Your earthly birth!  I worship You Jesus - IMMANUEL!!

Worship and praise Jesus - He is IMMANUEL - GOD WITH US!!

(How would it change your life if you centered Christmas on Jesus' birth?)