Monday, December 24, 2007

Immanuel - God with us

The name/word Immanuel is brought up a lot at Christmas time. In the Bible, it means "God with us". In the dictionary, it refers to Messiah which then refers to Jesus. I'm sure I have heard the name/word Immanuel mentioned many times over the years. For some reason though this year, I'm paying more attention. Maybe it is because it is such a comforting thought to think that God was there in the beginning before us, He lived for 30+ years on earth as one of us and He is still with us today.

John 1:1-5 (NIV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

GOD WITH US in the beginning

John 1:10-14 (NIV) He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

GOD WITH US - even when we don't or won't recognize God for who He is we are given the choice to receive him and believe in his name and given the right to become children of God. Adopted into God's forever family!

Matthew 1:22-23 (NIV) All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us."

GOD WITH US on earth as one of us

Hebrews 2:14-18 (NIV) Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham's descendants. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

GOD WITH US still....helping us conquer our fears. He became the Savior so he could truly be with us all the time, everywhere, through every need and temptation.

I pray that you will feel God with you especially close over the next few days and into 2008. IMMANUEL

1 comment:

Carrie K said...

Dear Karen,
Thank you for this neat blog! Your blog is my first one to visit. What a neat way to share God's Word and His love. Thanks for all the helpful sites. I get just as excited as you do about great Christian radio! This Christmas has been a reminder to me that when Jesus came, God's people faced a lot of oppression and darkness, just as His people do today. We need Him just as much today as we did when He first came. Praise God that He gives hope to everyone, especially those who need it most this Christmas season. God bless you in 2008! Love,Carrie K.