-Roy Lessin, Jesus Name Above All Names
"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 NKJV
Immanuel means that God (deity) came to be with us (humanity). God did not come to us as an idea, a concept, a philosophy, or an ideal. He didn't come as the sun, the moon, or a star. He didn't come as a statue or an unapproachable being. He came to us as a man. He took on human flesh. Jesus Christ is completely God and completely man.
God with us—not in heaven, no out of touch or out of reach, not a phantom, not a shadow, not a legend or a myth, but God with us in grace, in truth, in mercy. God with us in human flesh—touchable, seeable, knowable. Love breathing, love giving, love caring, love dying. Walking where we walk, crying our tears, knowing our pain, feeling our grief, bearing our sorrows.
God with us—in the manger, in the temple, on the road, by the well, in the boat, upon the hillside, in the home, at the table; healing the sick, feeding the hungry, comforting those who mourn. God incarnate speaking to the multitude and seeking out the individual with arms extended, with words that beckon, with a voice that calls, "Come unto Me."
God with us—to seek, to worship, to love, to believe in, to follow, to proclaim, to cherish, forever!
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