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God is with Us (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23 - Isaiah 1:23)

Part of the Elders' Elective Series series, preached at a Christmas Eve Service service

David Torres
David Torres
December 24, 2012

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!

About David Torres: David Torres was born in San Salvador and moved to the States at the age of 6. He came to Christ at age 15. He is a graduate of The Master’s University (BA ’01) and The Master’s Seminary (MDiv ’06; Th.M. ‘19). He served as a pastor-teacher in Garden Valley, CA for 8 years. He works at Grace to You as the GAV Radio Producer serving the Spanish speaking world through the teaching ministry of John MacArthur. David is committed to expository preaching and shepherding God’s flock. He serves as a deacon at Grace Community Church and is a part of the Joint Heirs Fellowship Group. He was married to Angie in 2000, and they have been blessed by God with seven children: Isaiah, Emilia, Micah, Eva, Isabella, Elizabeth, and Jeremiah.