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Christmas holds the most incredible truth. The truth that God wants to be with us.  He wants to be with you.

Matthew begins his account of the life of Jesus by recalling words prophesied about Jesus hundreds of years before His birth. Quoting the prophet Isaiah we read, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Matthew 1:23 ESV).  The literal translation for the word Immanuel is “God with us.”

Jesus came so that God could be with us. However, this is not only a story about Him being with a few humans during the time of the ancient Roman Empire. Jesus came to establish a permanent and ongoing relationship with whoever would choose to follow Him after He left this world. Matthew closes his account of the last words Jesus spoke: “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

Matthew’s account of the life of Jesus began and ended with a declaration that He is our Immanuel, “God with us.” Think about that… Jesus life on earth is bookended by the fact that God wants to be “with us.” Amazing!


Note: The content of this post was originally part of an Advent Reading plan for my church.  Click here to sign up to join the TFH Bible Reading Plan for me reflections like this. This idea is expounded on in more detail in an incredible book called Following Jesus by N.T. Wright.
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3 thoughts on “One Word Changed Everything!

  1. Oops. Jesus means “Savior.” Emmanuel means “God with us.”

    “Praise God from whom all blessings flow!”

    Sent from my cell phone.

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  2. Oops again, my bad. You were referring Immanuel. I read it too fast.

    “Praise God from whom all blessings flow!”

    Sent from my cell phone.

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