Friday, December 23, 2016
Remembering Christmas: No Other Name
The name "Jesus" was specified by the angel Gabriel. It means Savior. His other names are no less descriptive. Christ means annointed one. Messiah means deliverer. Immanuel means God with us.
The scriptures teach "there is no other name given, whereby salvation can come to the children of men." Like Nephi, we can barely comprehend the condescension of God.
This helpless baby nestled in the staw was Jehovah, the God of Israel, the Great I Am, the Creator of heaven and earth, the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, the Bright and Morning Star....and he became like us, that we might become like him.
Did Mary and Joseph know that Jesus must be born in Bethlehem, the house of bread?
How appropriate that the "Bread of Life" would begin his life in the city named the house of bread. How did they feel about the humble place of his birth? Would they have chosen a stable? a manger? What did Jesus mean to teach us by coming in this way?
This is the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The Catholic Church holds Christmas Mass here each year on Christmas Eve. The acoustics are awesome. We took opportunity to sing Christmas carols together in this beautiful place.