Sunday, December 23, 2007

A precious gift & the Perfect Gift

Scott and I were talking the other day about "What if we had given Matthew a different name?" and we tried to picture this little guy as a Sherman...a Vince...a Leo, etc. The name Matthew means "gift of the Lord" and, while we are biased, we think it suits him perfectly. He is a precious gift that God has entrusted us with, and he blesses us each day. We pray that as Matthew grows his name will reflect his relationship with all of the people in his life.

At Christmas we celebrate the Perfect Gift of God...the gift of Jesus. Yeshua is the original Aramaic proper name for Jesus and in Hebrew Yeshua means "Salvation." What a big name for a tiny baby...and yet that is the name given to Him by God:

And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. Mt 1:21

Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ; however, we cannot do so without reflecting also on His death...since Jesus was born that He might die. Even as the Babe lying in the manger, His life was purposed for the salvation of others:

Fragile finger sent to heal us
Tender brow prepared for thorn
Tiny heart whose blood will save us
Unto us is born (Lyrics, Welcome to Our World)

There is no other name which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

So as we wake on Christmas morning may we celebrate with JOY the Perfect Gift of a Perfect Son...Jesus, our Salvation!

So wrap our injured flesh around You
Breathe our air and walk our sod
Rob our sin and make us holy
Perfect Son of God, Perfect Son of God
Welcome to our world (Lyrics, Welcome to Our World)

Scott, Tish and Matthew


Yvonne Crawford said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family too! And I think Matthew is the perfect name for him, suits him and it is meaningful!

Rebecca said...

That Chris Rice song is one of my favorites. So much meaning packed into those lyrics!

I love Matthew's name. And I'm glad you didn't name him Sherman. :)