Sermon preached on Monday, December 24, 2012 at Garden Valley Chapel during our Christmas Eve Service based on Selected Scripture.
"God with us" - three words stemming from one name, Immanuel.
Three words which carry the meaning of Christmas.
It was the prophet Isaiah who said in Is 7:14 -
14 "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
That virgin´s name was Mary, yet that Son´s name is Immanuel.
His name is the heart of Christmas.
In Hebrew it is עִמָּנוּ אֵל.
You might recall that Moses reminded the people in Deut 5:3 -
3 “The Lord did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us [עִמָּנוּ], with all those of us alive here today.
His name is a promise of incarnate deity, a prophecy that God Himself would appear as a human infant. This baby who was to be born would be God Himself in human form.
But you could ask any OT saint if they understood what it meant to have “God with [them]” and they would testify:
It means everything to me to know, to experience God is with me!
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (ESV)
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus. (ESV)
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