Incarnation of Immanuel #AtoZChallenge

This year my A to Z challenge is about Christmas, a major festival in the Christian Church. Another major festival is Easter, which I wrote about for the A to Z Challenge in 2020.

Incarnation is a word derived from Latin, which means becoming flesh. The beautiful opening passage of the Gospel of St John (the apostle) speaks of this. John 1:14 uses the phrase ‘became flesh’.

How the immortal Son of God became a baby is a mystery. Jesus, Immanuel, is fully God and fully human.

Emmanuel (sometimes spelled Immanuel) means God with us.  Isaiah 7:14 which was quoted in Matthew’s gospel Matthew 1:22-23 and Isaiah 8:8. The prophetic book of Isaiah was written around 700BC.  The more I study the Bible, the more amazed I am about how the individual books, written by many individuals over millennia, work together to reveal the nature of God and His purpose in sending his Son to be God with us.

Did you know that the English word “Goodbye” is derived from the blessing, “God be with you”?  That expresses the idea of Emmanuel.

Previously published in my A to Z of the Names of God 2015 Emmanuel

The Advent hymn O come, O come Emmanuel introduces more names of Jesus – Son of God, Rod of Jesse, Dayspring, Key of David and Lord of Might.

While this year’s A to Z badges by Anjela Curtis honour the late Jeremy Hawkins, I hope that my posts about Christmas honour Jesus Christ, ‘who was and is and is to come’. Revelation 1:4

10 thoughts on “Incarnation of Immanuel #AtoZChallenge

  1. I love the Bible too. The reason why all the individual Bible-writers build the same picture of God is because God is real and therefore communicates the same message to all.
    Btw, I am currently on Isle of Man ferry, just setting off from Douglas and hoping to arrive in Liverpool in 2 3/4 hours with contents of stomach intact. I could wave to you if it wasn’t so much mist and it wasn’t raining so hard!

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