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Immanuel,” God with Us”   5 comments

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23

God came down to earth in the form of human flesh, born to a virgin. They named him, Jesus. He was the Messiah, a Savior come to save the sins of the world,

In Matthew, chapter 1 & 2 and in Luke 2, New Testament NIV bible,  it describes the humble beginnings of the lineage of Jesus through Joseph traced back to the family line of David, king of Israel and further back to Abraham. I am always amazed reading the stories of those back in Jesus’s family line. They were just common, humbled people God chose to be a part of his heritage, people with big problems and surmounting challenges. Even David’s family history is full of things like greed, adultery, revenge, rape and murder. He felt great remorse for his sins committed later becoming the primary author of the book of Psalms, his praises to God, the father. Jesus’s birth was prophesied generations back before David came on the scene in the  old testament books of 1 and 2 Samuel.

God’s plan for this world and the prophecies foretold about the virgin birth of the Savior was a challenge and responsibility Joseph accepted as Jesus’s father. Mary also came from humbled beginnings, a young Jewish girl chosen by God to be the mother of the Savior of the world who was destined to go to the cross to pay the penalty for the sins of all.. God promised them that He would be with them through the journey. While the world believed the Messiah would come from a royalty line of great wealth and fame God’s plan upset the whole scenario King Herod and the Roman world expected to find, and a child born to a Jewish girl, conceived by the Holy Spirit must have sounded preposterous to all who doubted and could not believe it true. But God’s plan was a perfect one, and so God sent us Immanuel, “God with us.” in human flesh, a baby born to a Jewish girl from Nazareth. Jesus, the Savior, God’s son in the flesh came to be born to the world so that we might have life everlasting.

When storm clouds come taking all that we own with it leaving us without a home to return to, God is with us.

When we suffer from the affliction of a devastating disease we know little about, God is with us.

When we grieve the loss of a loved one and wonder how we will go on without them, God is with us.

When we watch and witness the horror, chaos and destruction in the world that seems to spin out of our control, God is with us.

When we feel the stress from worry and fear that overshadows our life and wellbeing, God is with us.

Whatever our storm, whatever challenges or situation we face in life, things that happen we don’t understand, Immanuel, God’s son, Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah is with us, now and forevermore.

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God’s best and blessings this Christmas to all,

Joyce E Mannhalter © December 2021

 

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