Merry Christmas to you from all of us here at the Gospel Blog! We hope that your cup is running over with blessings today!
We're celebrating Jesus' birth into the world — the remarkable time when God condescended to human form and sacrificed Himself for His sinful creation.
We get a prophecy of Jesus' birth in Isaiah 7:14 (and 2 Nephi 17:14):
"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."
Matthew 1:22-23 explains what the name "Immanuel" means:
"Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 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."