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."
The virgin birth of Jesus Christ is vital to the truth of the
gospel (Isa. 7:14). Since Jesus Christ is God, He existed before Mary;
therefore, He could not have been conceived as are other babies. He was not
only born, but He "came into the world" (John 18:37). He is both God
and man, the sinless Lamb of God (1 Pet. 1:19). Matthew opens and
closes his book with "God with us" (1:23; 28:20). [Chapter by Chapter
Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe]
His Birth in History. "..... that Holy One who is to be born
will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35). Jesus Christ was born into
this world, not from it. He did not emerge out of history; He came
into history from the outside. Jesus Christ is not the best human
being the human race can boast of--He is a Being for whom the human
race can take no credit at all. He is not man becoming God, but God
Incarnate--God coming into human flesh from outside it. His life is the highest
and the holiest entering through the most humble of doors. Our
Lord's birth was an advent--the appearance of God in human form.
His Birth in Me. "My little children, for whom I labor in
birth again until Christ is formed in you ....." (Galatians 4:19). Just
as our Lord came into human history from outside it, He must also
come into me from outside. Have I allowed my personal human life to
become a "Bethlehem" for the Son of God? I cannot enter the realm of
the kingdom of God unless I am born again from above by a birth
totally unlike physical birth. "You must be born again" (John 3:7). This
is not a command, but a fact based on the authority of God. The
evidence of the new birth is that I yield myself so completely to God
that "Christ is formed" in me. And once "Christ is formed" in me, His
nature immediately begins to work through me.
God Evident in the Flesh. This is what is made so profoundly
possible for you and for me through the redemption of man by Jesus
Christ. [In His Time; My Utmost For His Highest]
I am God with you, for all time and throughout eternity. Don't
let the familiarity of that concept numb its impact on your
consciousness. My perpetual Presence with you can be a continual source of Joy,
springing up and flowing out in streams of abundant Life. Let your mind
reverberate with meanings of My Names: Jesus - the Lord saves, and Immanuel
- God with us. Strive to remain conscious of My Presence even in
your busiest moments. Talk with Me about whatever delights you,
whatever upsets you, whatever is on your mind. These tiny steps of daily
discipline, taken one after the other, will keep you close to Me on the path
of Life. (Mat. 1:21, 23; Acts 2:28) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young]
I am ever so near you, hovering over your shoulder, reading
every thought. People think that thoughts are fleeting and worthless,
but yours are precious to Me. I smile when you think lovingly of Me.
My Spirit, who lives within you, helps you to think My thoughts. As
your thinking goes, so goes your entire being.
Let Me be your positive Focus. When you look to Me, knowing
Me as God with you, you experience Joy. This is according to My
ancient design, when I first crafted man. Modern man seeks his positive
focus elsewhere: in sports, sensations, acquiring new possessions.
Advertising capitalizes on the longing of people for a positive focus in
their lives. I planted that longing in human souls, knowing that only
I could fully satisfy it. Delight yourself in Me; let Me become
the Desire of your heart. (Mat. 1:23; Psa. 37:4) [Jesus Calling by
Learn to enjoy life more. Relax, remembering that I am God with
you. I crafted you with enormous capacity, to know Me and enjoy My
Presence. When My people wear sour faces and walk through their lives with
resigned rigidity, I am displeased. When you walk through a day with
childlike delight, savoring every blessing, you proclaim your trust in Me,
your ever-present Shepherd. The more you focus on My Presence with
you, the more fully you can enjoy life. Glorify Me through your
pleasure in Me. Thus you proclaim My Presence to the watching world.
(Mat. 1:23; John 10:10, 11) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young]
CLOSING THOUGHT WITH SPECIAL SONG:
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
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! by Boyd Bailey.
Down from His Glory by Larry Wayne Morbitt;