Matthew 1:22, 23 - God With Us.

Matthew 1:22, 23 - God With Us.

Matthew 1:22, 23 (NKJV) So all this was done that it might be 
fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 
"Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall 
call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."  

   Wow! The Creator came to dwell with His creation. The 
all-knowing One came to teach teachers and students limited by their lack of 
knowledge and understanding. The ever-present One came to comfort hurting 
people stuck in their suffering. The all-powerful One came to serve 
weak people, empowering them with His Spirit. The Almighty sent His 
only son Jesus into the world, fully God and fully man. Yes, the Word 
became flesh! 
   God is with us to face down our fears by faith. God is with 
us in our doubts. God is with us in our hurts, applying His healing 
balm of grace. God is with us in our transitions to grow our trust in 
Him. God is with us at work and at home. God is with us in our 
uncertainty. God is with us when we feel His presence and when we don't feel 
Him near. God is with us in our successes and in our failures. God 
is with us and for us for His glory! 
   "And surely I [Jesus] am with you always, to the very end of 
the age." (Matthew 28:20 NIV) 
   God is with us in our modern technology and our antiquated 
activities. The Lord is with us in our big cities and our small towns. Jesus 
is with us when we feel joy, laughter and loss. Christ is with us 
to comfort us in our pain and encourage us to persevere for Him. He 
is with us in the ups and the downs. He is with us and He is in us 
to work through us! 
   Therefore, because Christ is with you, you can be confident 
of His wisdom and direction. Fools flounder for lack of faith, but 
you have the Faithful One as the facilitator of your circumstances. 
Immanuel entered the earth by birth and entered your heart by new birth. 
Your Savior Jesus has saved you from your sins and your Lord Jesus 
commands you to follow His ways and experience His life. He gave His life 
and came to life for your life! 
   "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin 
will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel." 
Isaiah 7:14 
   Heavenly Father, thank You for being with us on earth and for 
being my life. by Boyd Bailey. http://www.wisdomhunters.com