The days following the death, burial and resurrection brought uncertainty for the disciples and Jesus showed up and gave them instructions - Ultimately, the same thing as when He originally called them... "Follow Me!"
During a period of great darkness, and angel of God appeared to Mary. She trusted the Word of God and stepped into the process... then Jesus came as a baby. When we are faced with dark times, discouragement and depression... we need to anchor to the HOPE... that is the baby born FOR US!
During this season of Christmas, we see how God foretold the birth of Jesus and confirmed with Joseph. The angel told him two of the names that He would be called, Jesus and Emmanuel. They have different meanings which still relate to us today!