Jesus Immanuel Jireh
God is love and there is nothing more important to Him than for Him to be able to love us absolutely and for us to experience His love fully and personally. That is so very important to God! And that is what Christmas is all about–God wrapping His love in human flesh and making it possible for us to experience His love always, personally, fully and tangibly in Jesus.
When the angel Gabriel delivered God’s message to Mary, he announced that the child would be called Jesus, for “He shall save His people from their sins.” Then immediately, thereafter, in Matthew 1:22-23, Matthew writes: “So all that was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by The Lord…and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which means, “God with us.” He was quoting the Prophet Isaiah. Different names, one child.
So who got his name right, Gabriel or Isaiah? They both did. I guess we could say, His first name is Jesus, His middle name is Immanuel, and since His Father is Jehovah-Jireh, the God who provides, His family name must be Jireh. Jesus Immanuel Jireh! Oh, what a name!
And what a revelation! Jesus is God’s love wrapped in human flesh, meeting every need we have. He is God’s power saving us, God’s presence strengthening us, and God’s provision supplying all our needs. Indeed, He is the Gift that answers every question and solves every problem.
Child of God, every time you declare His name, remember you are declaring God is your salvation, God is your present help in time of trouble, and that God will meet all your needs according to His riches in glory through Jesus. And because you have received Jesus, nothing can ever separate you again from the love of God.