The Meaning of Emmanuel

"Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." Matthew 1:23

As we all celebrate another Christmas season it is well for us to ask, "How did it come to be?" "What is the meaning of it all?" "What is its purpose?"

Who Is Jesus?

Throughout history, mankind has tried to present Jesus as only a man. The revived Gnostic heresies in modern times have tried to persuade the world that Jesus was nothing but a human with a fallen nature. But God’s Word bears witness to the fact that Jesus was more than just a sinless man—He was, in fact, God. The name “Jesus” means “Jehovah Saves,” for He came to “save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). His name is also “Christ,” a title meaning “Anointed” and “Messiah” (Matt. 1:16).


The easiest thing in the world to do is to drift. It requires no effort whatsoever. All one has to do is do nothing. We need to remember that a sick or dead fish can drift with the current, but it takes a live, healthy fish to swim upstream.

Triumphant Thanksgiving

The national habit of observing the last Thursday in November as a day of thanksgiving is fixed by custom and by the proclamation of the President of the United States. It used to be a real “holy-day.” Churches were filled with worshippers with thankful hearts—thankful for the Bible, for the crucified Christ, for freedom of worship. It was a day blessed alike to the believer and to the Benefactor who had made it possible.

Are the Heathen Really Lost?

By Dr. James M. Gray (1851-1935)

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