Thursday, December 1, 2011

Immanuel--God with Us--"My ADVENT-ure"

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matthew 1:23 quoting Isaiah 7:14.

A military crisis, a faithless king who refuses a sign that God's promise will be fulfilled. Yet God, himself chooses a sign--Isa 7:14. Through the shadow of disbelief God's incredible promise to be with us shines out. A virgin will have a child and he will become
GOD with us, Immanuel.

Of all the prophecies of the Messiah I think this must be my favorite. What gift could God give us that would be greater or more precious than the gift of His presence?
Immanuel--God with US.

Think on it--God with us. Today, daily invading our time and space, our very existence He comes. But only if we invite Him in. What will you do today? Who will you be?
Immanuel--God WITH us.

Our God, so pure, so high above,

Is pleased to come and dwell.

Come see the mystery of His love:

A Child, Emmanuel.

The One whom time cannot contain

And mind can never trace

Has touched our lives with tender hands

And shown a human face.

Words by Frederick H. Martens, Ken Bible, and John F. Wade
Music by Pietro A. Yon, Rowland H. Prichard, and John F. Wade
© 1998, 2009 by Pilot Point Music. CCLI Song #2529804.

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