Sunday, December 11, 2016

God is With Us

This morning is the 15th day of Advent, and it's the beginning of the Third week of Advent.  This morning I gather with my friends in fellowship and worship.  I will be reminded that Immanuel means "God is with us".

We use that word "with" in so many ways.  But perhaps the most common way to ask for someone to come alongside and be "IN" our lives.  I asked my wife 45 years ago if she would marry me...I was asking her, "For the rest of our lives will you go with me?"

Will you go with me?

Partnership, sharing, journeying together, coming alongside.

As Joseph heard the news that his bride-to-be was pregnant, he didn't know what to do?
Then God broke through:
Matthew 1:20-23
20  But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
21  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
22  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
23  "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us."




Jesus is our Immanuel, God with us.

One of my favorite songs is "Immanuel" by Michael Card... the lyrics say it so well:

A sign shall be given a virgin will conceive
A human baby bearing undiminished deity
The glory of the nations a light for all to see
That hope for all who will embrace His warm reality

Immanuel our God is with us
And if God is with us who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

For all those who live in the shadow of death
A glorious light has dawned
For all those who stumble in the darkness
Behold your light has come

Immanuel our God is with us
And if God is with us who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

So what will be Your answer? Will You hear the call?
Of Him who did not spare His son but gave Him for us all
On earth there is no power there is no depth or height
That could ever separate us from the love of God in Christ

Immanuel our God is with us
And if God is with us who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

Immanuel our God is with us
And if God is with us who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlXM98lRwwI


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