Words from the Heart for Tuesday December 11th, 2018
You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.
Luke 1:31-32 (NLT)
You Will Name Him Jesus
Promises of God, dormant for hundreds of years, were suddenly being announced to the young Mary. She was the chosen virgin to give birth to a son. Likely Mary had often heard these ancient prophetic promises. But, now the angel was bringing her right into the eternal plans of God. She would be part of His plan.
The country’s first municipal vote to be held under a ranked-ballot system was finally decided on Tuesday, with the name of the new mayor London Ontario not declared until the day after the election, and after 14 rounds of counting. Under the system, in which voters picked their top three candidates in order of preference, Ed Holder was declared winner over his closest challenger about 18 hours after polls closed Monday evening. It took that long before Mayor Holder had more than 50% of the vote.
The recent horrific synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh (Oct. 27, 2018) was during a naming ceremony. Names are important to Jewish families and names are given with great planning and care. The many Hebrew names found in the Bible all have specific meanings that are clear to Hebrew speakers. So it wasn’t surprising that the name to be given to the Messiah had been carefully chosen by His heavenly Father. When the angel appeared to Mary in Luke 1:31-32 he says this: “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.” Jesus in Hebrew – Yeshua – comes from two words that mean “God saves.” It was not an uncommon name in those days but in this case, it was most appropriate. Jesus came to be the Saviour of the world, in fulfillment of prophecy. No wonder it was said of Him that He will be called the Son of the Most High. The question for you is this: is He your Saviour?
These have been words from the heart.