Immanuel (God with us) | Skillful Shepherds


The mystery of the incarnation of Jesus Christ the Son of God nevertheless continues to bring wonder and awe to these presented with the details of the gospel message – for God so loved the globe that He gave His only Son to dwell amongst mankind in order to save us from our sins by dying on the cross (Jn. three:16). But what does it definitely imply for God to be in our midst? Effectively, for a single, it would not be like the satirical, pretty much blasphemous, 1995 song by Joan Osborne titled “What if God was a single of us?” It would not even be like the storyline of the comedy film “Bruce Almighty” exactly where God bestows an unsuspecting human with His powers for a day, major only to sheer disaster and calamity when issues go awry.

The Bible tells us that “The virgin will be with kid and will give birth to a son, and they will contact him Immanuel– which signifies, ‘God with us.’” (Matt. 1:23) which the apostle Matthew recorded in relation to angel Gabriel’s pronouncement to the virgin Mary of Jesus’ impending miraculous birth. This was just a single of more than 300 messianic prophecies to be fulfilled by Jesus identified in the Old Testament (cf. Isa. 7:14), written hundreds of year ahead of His birth. Mathematicians calculate that the probability of a single individual fulfilling just eight of these prophecies would be 1 in 1017, and it would be 1 in 10157 for 1 individual fulfilling 48 such prophecies, let alone a single individual fulfilling 300+ prophecies! Only Jesus, the correct son of God, could achieve this, and it is the magnificent detail of these prophecies that mark the Bible as the trusted and inspired Word of God.

For Jesus to be incarnate meant that He had to leave His glory in heaven and take on the type of a human, obeying His Father’s will to die on the cross. This is our God, the Servant-King, and due to the fact of His ultimate sacrifice, God exalted Him to that highest spot, that each and every knee shall bow to and each and every tongue confess the lordship of Jesus in our lives and in the globe (Phil. two:five-11). That the highest energy and authority, the Creator of heaven and earth, would stoop to our lowly human level, for the sake of His Father, but also for the sake of us humankind – what wonderful enjoy!

A different apostle John puts it this way, “That which was from the starting, which we have heard, which we have noticed with our eyes, which we have looked atand our hands have touched – this we proclaim regarding the Word of life … We proclaim to you what we have noticed and heard, so that you also could have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. We create this to make our joy full.” (1 Jn. 1:1-four) Jesus chose to dwell amongst man, to reconcile us to a partnership with God, that we could have fellowship (or union) with God, restoring the original order set out when God developed Adam and Eve, and a single day culminating in the second coming of our Lord and Saviour. May possibly we expertise God’s abiding presence, full joy and deepest enjoy this year-finish and in the year to come.


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