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Immanuel, God with us

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God with us” is one of the deep truths of the Christian faith. The angel announced to Joseph, “Behold, the virgin shall be with a child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated is, “God with us” (Mt. 1:23). Christmas is a season, when we remind and reassure ourselves that God is with us is a Mystery, a Reality and Promise.

To bring to reality what the angel of God said; God had to come in human flesh to dwell in Jesus Christ in order to live with us. In the words of John, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”(John 1:14). This is the mystery of the Deity, God in human flesh come to live among men. Matthew 1:23, states God’s intent and plans for man both now and in the future. 

What Are The Implications Of God With Us Now?
After Christ’s death and resurrection, He left His Word and Spirit with us. So, now God dwells in and with us by His Spirit (John 14:16,26; 16:5-15).

The first implication is that we are never alone. “God with us” is not a matter of feeling, conjecture, but a reality. You are never alone in the journey of life. He is with you wherever you go, and in whatever you do. God is with you at all times. The devil tries to make us think and feel that we are alone, but we are not alone.

He is always with you during the trials and sufferings of life. He is with you during uncertain moments of life. Like Hagar, He is with you when you suffer rejection. He is with you during loneliness, in pain and in trials.

He was with Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego in the fiery furnace. He was with John in the Island of Patmos. He was with Noah during the Flood. He was with Jonah in the belly of the fish. He was with Joseph in the ditch, in Potiphar’s house, in prison and in Egypt. He was with Peter in prison. He was also with Paul and Silas in prison. He is with you now wherever you may be.

Jesus said to His disciples, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:18). These were the words with which the New Testament ended. This promise motivated the disciples to travel all over the then known world, under very difficult circumstances to preach the gospel. 

The Holy Spirit is given to us to abide with us forever. God is with us in every endeavour and project you embark on (Jos 1:5). God said to Moses, “My Presence will go with you and I will give you rest.” In Isa.43: 1-3, God says, He will be with us when we pass through the valley, through waters, and through fire.

How Do We Know That He Is With Us?
He has promised so. He has given us His Spirit. He has given us His Word. God is with us now by His Spirit and by his word. At times, God may be with us yet we don’t know it. That was the case with Gideon. The Angel of the Lord said to Gideon, “The Lord is with you, Mighty man of valour.” 

Christmas is a season when the Holy Spirit reassures us that He is with us. This is what Christmas is all about. CONTACT: pastoracukachi@gmail.com


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