Memory Monday – Week 32

As we get closer to celebrating Christmas, I thought it was time to switch gears for my memory verses and share more about the most important day in history; the birth of Jesus. I can’t share Matthew 1:23, without also sharing Matthew 1:20-22:

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”(which means “God with us”).

In verses 20-22, the angel declared to Joseph that Mary’s child was conceived by the Holy Spirit and that it would be a son, named Jesus. Joseph must not have been aware that Mary was pregnant by the Spirit and this is why God had to send an angel. The conception and birth of Jesus was a supernatural event, way beyond anything our minds can comprehend.

The whole reason Jesus came to this earth was to save us from our sin. Jesus means, ‘the Lord Saves’.  No matter how much we try, we can’t conquer living a sin-free life. Because of that, we need Jesus. Jesus doesn’t help us save us from ourselves, but instead He steps in to be our Savior. He meets us in our sin to save us from our sin! How powerful is that?

Matthew 1:23, fulfilled the prophecy (from Isaiah 7:1) of Jesus being the Emmanuel. Even today, thousands of years later, He is still present in every one of our lives. He is the great Immanuel and He is with us. I hope during this Christmas season that each and every one of you know that Jesus came not only to save you from your sins, but also to be your Immanuel; He saves you and He is with you!

A reminder that today is the last day to enter to win the Jesus Calling giveaway!

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10 Comments
  • Megan Davis
    Posted at 06:25h, 16 December Reply

    I love Matthew 1:23 and the beautiful reminder that God’s very name means He is with us! Thank you for this post to help refocus our hearts this Christmas season!

  • Emily (eatloveprocreate.blogspot.com)
    Posted at 08:59h, 16 December Reply

    What a beautiful scene that must have been when Jesus arrived. Love that Immanuel means “God with us”….what a perfect reminder to us all.

  • Elisha
    Posted at 09:09h, 16 December Reply

    Thank you for sharing. I went to a live nativity scene this past weekend and I couldn’t help but get teary eyed as I walked through the village, saw the beggars, and then looked in the stable. it was such a powerful moment for me.

  • Kasey
    Posted at 09:37h, 16 December Reply

    I love this reminder! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kim Adams Morgan
    Posted at 10:00h, 16 December Reply

    We are on the same wavelength again. This is my verse today! And indeed it is the most important day in history! One day He will come again to create a new heaven and a new earth and conquer sin and evil forever. I just cannot wait! Have a great week.

  • Charity
    Posted at 17:18h, 16 December Reply

    This story always reminds me of how mighty our God is. He brings life in his way in his time and with his purpose. Mary was blessed to be able to carry her Savior anytime I think of it that way it blows my mind.

  • Amy
    Posted at 19:17h, 16 December Reply

    Thankful for this reminder that God is with me, always! So incredible!

  • Angela
    Posted at 21:48h, 16 December Reply

    Amen! Great reminder… it’s so easy to get caught up in the wrong reasons for the season. 🙂

  • Lisa
    Posted at 23:47h, 16 December Reply

    “The conception and birth of Jesus was a supernatural event, way beyond anything our minds can comprehend.” Yes! Not to be cheesy or cliche, but God was the ultimate fertility specialist here. If he can do that in Mary, He can perform miracles for us, too. Thanks for reminding us of that.

  • dspence
    Posted at 17:00h, 17 December Reply

    Your Jesus Calling give away finally pushed me to purchase my own copy this weekend! I’m really looking forward to getting into it.

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