I have been 'stressing' the idea that It was not "Jesus' that was born at Bethlehem, but that it was the Father who came into being as an infant, and that it was 'He' (the Father) who was named 'Jesus'! Last night I was moved to take another look at the first chapter of Matthew. I have read portions of it many times. It is very informative, and yet confusing. To me the very first verse is confusing. I felt that it should have read, "The book of the generations of the sons of Abraham, the sons of David, and the birth of the 'Christ'. (And Jacob begat Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born 'Jesus' who is called Christ) Here is what I 'saw'! The birth of Him, who was named Jesus, came 42 generations after Abraham, yet during His ministry He stated that 'Before Abraham was, I am! Was He not saying, 'Before Abraham was... "I" was? He was saying... It was "I" who was named Abraham! It was "I" who was named Isaac, and Jacob, and Joseph and Mary, etc, etc. Has there ever been anyone besides or other than the Father other than the "I" within us? No, we are all One, and that One, is the Father! The "I" within everyone on Earth, IS THE FATHER!
The name "Jesus" was not given as just a 'name' for Mary's child, but the word 'Jesus', described Mary's child 'for what He was'! God with us! Naming Him 'Jesus' simply hid Gods true identity. It would not have mattered what name they would have given him, so long as Mary and Joseph taught their child that he was God embodied! In Exodus 6: 2-3 we read where God spoke to Moses, and said "I" am the Lord and "I" appeared unto Abraham Isaac and Jacob by the name of God almighty. But by my name Jehovah, they knew me not. Mary's child was no different than any other 'child' that has ever been born on Planet Earth. He was the "I AM" (the Father), in the infant stage of development! This is why the angels of the Lord told them to name Him 'Jesus'! The only difference between what this child became, and all others, was that He was told who and what He was from the moment of His birth, thanks to the teachings of Mary and Joseph! (It is very likely that neither Mary nor Joseph knew that so too was (is) every other child that has ever been born on Planet Earth, God (the Father), in the infant stage of development! And as I have said over and over, the Christ is but the 'person' of God personified! When we realize that God (the Father) is the "I" within us we begin to take upon ourselves the likeness of the Father. It is that 'likeness' that is the Christ! It becomes our state of Mind, the Christ Mind! The 'Christ', is what 'man' (all men) were created to be.
Billions upon billions of dollars have been spent by the various religions on Earth in an effort to make 'men' better men! In an effort to make 'men' more 'Christ like'! Only when we realize that man and God are One and the same, can we hope to bring lasting Peace on Earth. And the knowledge that man is God (the Father) embodied, is in itself not sufficient to bring about lasting Peace. This knowledge must be accompanied by the awareness that there is an alternative to physical death! Only this realization is sufficient to motivate or to inspire men to choose to walk in their 'I am that I am' identity. Only as we choose to 'die to self' and walk AS God, can we attain the transfiguration and the ascension! That 'we' might accomplish this, was why God made 'man'! Our Father in Heaven did indeed make us in His image and likeness. He made us by 'becoming' us. By being us, but He did not create the 'person' we believe ourselves to be. Our parents did that when they named us at our birth. Thus the necessity of the Spiritual Rebirth.
Some words can be used as names, as well as words to describe some 'thing'. The word 'Jesus' is such a word. Not only can it be used as a person's name a man's name, but it is also Gods name! It means God with us. The word Adam is another such word. It was the name given to the so-called 'first man'. The 'Patriarch' of humanity! It is also a word that describes an object, 'an obstruction' (a 'dam'). (Male and female created He them, and blessed them, and called their 'name'(s) a dam) Gen: 5-2. Our names have hidden our true identity! So long as we live as the John or Jane Doe we believe ourselves to be, we shall surely die. Only as we live AS the Father, in our I AM THAT I AM identity, do we have the assurance of an Eternal reality.