Thursday, December 20, 2007

Our Jesus, Our Emmanuel

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet , saying, Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1: 21-23

The baby born that night was called "Jesus." That was His mission; that's why He came. To save a people unto Himself. To bear their sins and give them a place in heaven. To cleanse them by His own blood. This name of Jesus is a precious name to all of us who know Him as our own. It is our only hope in a weary, sin-cursed world.

The baby born that night was to be called "Emmanuel." That was His Person; He's God with us. He is God in the flesh, a union of two natures, divine and human. He is perfect God and perfect man. He had a nature like our own, yet without sin. He can identify with our pain and sorrows. But then again, He is Almighty God. He has all power in heaven and earth and no one can pluck us out of His hand.

In the words of my dear "friend", J.C. Ryle: "This is glad tidings. This is indeed good news. Let us feed on these truths in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving." Amen.

From my house to yours this Christmas season:
Rejoice with me in the first coming of the Lord Jesus, our Savior, Our Emmanuel. May you and yours be blessed by Him this season.
With love and best wishes,


Mimi said...

this was an especially beautiful post...

it is so wonderful to be reminded that although He was without sin and was perfect...
He can still indentify with our pain and sorrows..

This is indeed Glad Tidings!!!

Merry Christmas from my house to yours... may you have an especially Blessed Christmas this year...

Sylvia said...

Thank you Maxine

Amazing that He is Emmanuel, every single moment. How precious.

Wishing you peace and joy this Christmas

Love Sylvia

Anonymous said...

Rejoicing with you, Maxine! Merry Christmas! Scotti

Cathy said...

I love that beautiful post about our Jesus, God with us, Maxine. Merry Christmas and blessings to you and yours.


sparrow's song said...

Wonderfully said!

you shared,
He is perfect God and perfect man. He had a nature like our own, yet without sin.

Fully man and fully God; the mystery of God. Jesus was tempted like man and yet His divine nature kept Him from sinning. In this achievement, only accomplished by God, could He be not only the final sacrifice but also be raised to become our High Priest to lives to make intercession for us night and day.

Susan said...

Merry Christmas Maxine!

Great message. Praise God for Jesus, His mission and His life.

Emmanuel, God with us.

Blessings to your family this coming new year.

Mishel said...

Beautiful post Maxine...

Merry Christmas sweet friend!

Jodi said...

Oh, indeed He is Almighty God. Wonderful post. May you and your precious family have a very blessed Christmas!

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Rejoicing dear Maxine in the first coming and looking forward to the second! Truly, God is with us!!! Hope you had a nice Christmas my friend :) We saw the Klansek family on Friday night. They came Christmas caroling with our church - what fun!

Cami said...

"...our only hope in a weary, sin-cursed world"..."no one can pluck us out of His hand." Hallelujah ~

Francine said...

Maxine ... this is such a restful and peaceful place ... a much needed break for me after the rush of the holidays.

Have a blessed new year.


Vicki said...

Love you and thinking about you this evening....