“Immanuel” – God With Us


christmaspraisejimdavenport.meWhen Jesus Christ was born to the virgin Mary, the long anticipated Messiah (Savior) had come into the world.   God, in human flesh, had come to earth to abide among mankind. Praise God!  God’s long-standing promise to send a Savior for His people, Immanuel, now dwelt among men!

Isaiah 43:1-3a (ESV) – But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob,     He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

Isaiah 7:14 – Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Matthew 1:22-23 –  22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,  23 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.

TriuneGodThe name Immanuel (Hebrew) or Emmanuel (Greek) literally means “Jehovah, the one true God.”  More specifically the meaning is interpreted as “God with us.”  Immanuel is God united with man through the virgin birth of Jesus.  Jesus lived fully as a man in relationship to His Father showing “us how He intends for us to live in our relationship to Him, helping us discover in fuller depth what it means not just to become a Christian but actually to be one.” There is but one eternal Triune God.  “God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.” 2

immanuelIf you have accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, then His Holy Spirit dwells within you. You can be assured that whatever happens in your life, God remains with you to strengthen, guide, and comfort you.  He is with you!  He is in you!  He is your Redeemer!  He is Jesus, the one and only true God, Jehovah.  He is Immanuel, God with us!  Immanuel, God IN us!!

Father, thank You for taking the form of flesh and blood and living among us.  Thank you for showing us how we are to conduct our lives as Christians through the example of the life of Jesus.  We praise You for loving us so much that You humbled Yourself on the cross of Calvary paying the price for ALL of our sins.  Thank You God for being Immanuel, God with and IN us. Amen and amen!

Notes:  1The Indwelling Life of Christ. Major W. Ian Thomas. Published by Multnomah Publishers, 2006; Introduction.  2 See – http://www.sbc.net/aboutus/basicbeliefs.asp

About jimdavenport

Jim Davenport resides in the USA in Northeast Georgia, is a member of a Southern Baptist Church and is a retired Christian business man. Jim and his wife Charlotte have one son and daughter in law, Keven and Amy, four grandchildren - Ashlyn (Davenport) & Josh Murphy, and Mason & Rebecca Davenport. We have three great-grandchildren, Rhory Camile Murphy, Rhett Levi Murphy and Sawyer Joshua Murphy. Jim and Charlotte own a mountain get-away home located on Lookout Mountain in Alabama where they spend many spring, summer and fall days working in their raised bed organic garden. Jim has served as a Deacon and Trustee in his local church most of his adult life and on the Executive Committee and Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees of Shorter University, an intentionally Christian institution located in Rome, Georgia. Jim has a passion for the word of God and has always believed that Christian principles should guide every aspect of his life. He also loves Christian music and often served as a tenor soloist in his church. One of the highlights of his life was the nearly 20 years he spent singing with The Good News, a Southern Gospel quartet. Jim served as an Information Technology professional his entire working career of 50 years holding senior positions in and consulting with hundreds of world-class organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central and South America, Australia and New Zealand. Jim remains as President and CEO of InfoSys Solutions Associates, Inc. and is a retired partner of IT Governance Partners, LLC, both of which are “Trusted Advisor” technology and business consulting firms. Jim has authored a number of books available at www.jimdavenport.me/jims-books. His blog has ben read by readers from more than 170 countries. Jim holds both a BS and an MS in Mathematics from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and completed Management Development Training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
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