“IMMANUEL”

The whole Christmas story is summed up in the one word, “IMMANUEL” meaning “God with us.”   Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”  This prophecy of the Immanuel to come was made about 740 years before the birth of Jesus.  This happened when Jesus was born.  Heaven was jubilant. The angels sang songs in the night.  God was pleased.  Prophecy became a fact.  All of this when Jesus was born.

A six year old tiptoed softly up to the little crib in which his new baby brother laid.  He looked at this baby intently his eyes bright and shinning. He stooped far over, leaning down over his baby brother.  Finally he whispered into one tiny red ear saying, “Quick, tell me about God before you forget.”
The boy thought that this little gift from heaven had a message from God.

The disciple of Jesus, Philip, expressed this same longing, when he asked Jesus, “Show us the Father and we will be satisfied.”  This is our eternal longing too.  Jesus answers this ageless request saying: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.  How can you say, ‘show us the Father?’  Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?  The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.”   John 14:9-11

So, it was in about the year four that Joseph, a carpenter, and his wife to be, Mary went down to Bethlehem to be enrolled for it was the time of census.
When they arrived in Bethlehem there was no inn where they might spend the night.  So, they were offered lodging in a common stable laid with hay. It was in this place, while angels spoke on the hillside and the great white light streamed into the night, that Immanuel (God with us) was born.
He came as a little baby and Mary wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger (a common feeding trough).   On the hillside outside the city, there were certain shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night.  Suddenly, there appeared to them an angel of the Lord.  The shepherds were terribly afraid but the angel said to them: “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”    Luke 2:10-11

Here is the true Christmas story.  Jesus is God with us in the flesh.  HE IS IMMANUEL.

5 Responses to ““IMMANUEL””

  1. Thank you Max once again for your shared thoughts. And praise God that you are on the mend. You can’t go home yet. WE NEED YOU HERE!

  2. This come with our prayer for your complete and quick recovery! It is hard to keep a good man down! Bless your heart!

    Joe and Mary Douthitt

  3. So glad to hear you are on the road to recovery and getting stronger every day. Thank you for the devotionals. Prayer works.

  4. Glad to hear that you are doing better . . . God is good!

  5. I’m so sorry to hear you have been ill, but elated to hear you are being BLESSED by our great HEALER. Continue to get stronger in body by feeding on HIM.
    Love and appreciate you.

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