Advent Reading Day 1: Jesus is Immanuel

“This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.   And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”   All of this occurred to fulfil the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” -Matthew 1:18-23

 

The name “Immanuel” appears twice in the Old Testament and once in the New. It may be considered one of the most comforting names of Jesus. It is literally translated as “with us is God” or as Matthew says, “God with us.” Our sins made it impossible to come to God, however, God sent His Son to us to cancel out the power of sin. In Jesus, Immanuel, we see how extreme God’s love is for us. Immanuel, God with us came to rescue, redeem, and restore our relationship with Him.

 

What does it mean that God is with us? It doesn’t mean we will have easy lives or we will be kept from failure or struggles. But it does mean that we don’t have to face these things alone. It means that God will enable us to go through them with His presence and strength.

Remember this the next time you feel discouraged, lonely, abandoned or afraid. Jesus is our Immanuel! He is indeed “God with us”.

 

Prayer:

Immanuel, I praise you for your faithful love. Thank you for drawing me close when I was far away. Instead of pushing me away because of my sins, you came to free me. Immanuel, you are with me forever. You promised you will never leave nor forsake me. Abide with me. I glorify your name.

Immanuel, come again. The world is in need of you, your hope, your joy, your presence. O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan’s tyranny; from depths of hell thy people save, and give them victory over the grace. Rejoice, rejoice, Immanuel shall come O Israel. Amen.

 

For Further Study:

Isaiah 7:14; Psalm 139:7-10; Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5-6

Matthew 1.23

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