My pastor challenged us to get to know Jesus, really get to know Him, not just know about Him. He suggested we start in the Gospels. So I thought I would take some time to know Christ more deeply by getting more deeply acquainted with Who Scripture says He is. Here is what I learned from Matthew 1 and 2:
The Son of David, the Son of Abraham
The Son of a virgin who conceived by the Holy Spirit
He was born in Bethlehem, his family fled to Egypt, and He was raised in Nazareth.
Jeshua – the Lord is salvation
Immanuel – God with us
The King of the Jews
The Shepherd of Israel
Worth of Worship
I have always been drawn to His name “Immanuel”. The truth of God being with us is so very powerful. Jesus had a purpose for being here. His genealogy and birth was planned very carefully and purposefully, and He came at just the right time. Why? Because God loves us. He prepared His Son, Jesus, to be many things including king, ruler, shepherd, and salvation. And what does all this mean to me? Jesus is worthy of my worship. And I haven’t even made it to Matthew 3 yet!