Immanuel..."God with us"

Keith Knight 

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”  Matthew 1:23

The holiday season, one of the most-loved times of the year, is upon us. For Christians everywhere, the holiday season signals a time of family, celebration and gratitude—typically along with a whole lot of busyness.
What comes to your mind when you think of Christmas? What does Christmas represent?

Christmas truly represents an amazing fact, a profound mystery that has forever changed the world. Christmas represents a unique manifestation…the mystifying moment when God, the Great “I Am”, became a human being. As Christians, we celebrate Christmas because of the Incarnation, God taking human form as Jesus Christ and came into the world.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born in a manger. He went from the throne of heaven to a feeding trough. He went from the presence of angels to a cave filled with animals. The one and only true God, the God who created the universe became an embryo. Just think, the God who sustains the world chose to be dependent upon the nourishment of a young virgin. Some people have a hard time believing in the Virgin Birth. But if you’re a follower of Jesus Christ and believe in the inerrant Word of God, then you need to believe in the Virgin Birth. The Bible teaches that God Almighty was supernaturally conceived in the womb of a virgin. Matthew 1:23 says “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

While the Incarnation may be difficult for some people to grasp, it really makes sense if you think about it. God could have chosen to send Jesus to this earth as a fully grown, yet sinless human being. But if Jesus came to the world that way, who could have related to Him as a person? Could mankind relate to Him as a part of the human race?

Another possibility is that God could have had Jesus come into the world through two ordinary human beings—but still with a divine nature. But then most of us would have doubted His divinity; His spirituality and His holiness. And that’s why the Incarnation makes sense.

The event of the Incarnation is the reason for the Christmas season. The Christmas season provides us with the opportunity to worship God, to bow down and pay honor and respect to Him for humbling Himself and appearing in human form.

Philippians 2:6–11 says, “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names,that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Merry Christmas!

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