Matthew 1:22, 23 - MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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."
I think weve almost deprived Christmas
of its original meaning by making it a little
too beautiful. In a way, weve stripped the
Christmas story of its real power.
Even as we see it portrayed in art, the
Nativity scene is pretty. But it wasnt pretty. In
fact, it was pretty bad. Jesus was laid in a
manger, which also could have been a feeding trough
for animals. Its hard to imagine laying a
precious newborn in such a place.
But for me, that doesnt detract from
the story of Christmas. In fact, it serves as a
reminder of the great sacrifice God made to come to
this earth. He made Himself small, born in the
most humble and difficult circumstances.
Why? Because He loves us and longs for a
relationship with us. Jesus was born so that we could be
born again. He left His home in Heaven to make a
home in our hearts.
He did not come to this earth so we would
have an excuse to go into debt with all the
shopping we do. He did not come so we could go to
endless Christmas events and sing Christmas songs,
although theres nothing wrong with that.
Jesus did not come to teach everyone how
to be good or to love our neighbors, even
though these are good things to do. Rather, He came
to die an agonizing death and to ransom us from
an eternal death sentence.
The shadow of the cross lay over the
beauty of the first Christmas night. It was there
from the very beginning. That is why red is the
color of Christmas. It isnt because Santa wears
red. Red is the color of the blood that Jesus
shed for us on the cross.
What were really longing for is not
Christmas but Christ, not presents, but His presence
in our lives. [Greg Laurie from Harvest
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com re Philippians
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
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.
GREAT PRAISE SONG
Down from His Glory by Larry Wayne Morbitt;
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY
Matthew 1:22, 23 - God With Us.
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
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