God’s Son – Immanuel

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The Heart of Christmas               Mark 1:1

God’s Son – Immanuel

Isaiah 7:10-14

The Sign of Immanuel

10 Later, the Lord sent this message to King Ahaz: 11 “Ask the Lord your God for a sign of confirmation, Ahaz. Make it as difficult as you want—as high as heaven or as deep as the place of the dead.*

12 But the king refused. “No,” he said, “I will not test the Lord like that.”

13 Then Isaiah said, “Listen well, you royal family of David! Isn’t it enough to exhaust human patience? Must you exhaust the patience of my God as well? 14 All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin* will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).

Since the beginning Christians have claimed that the coming of Jesus, the Christ, God’s Son was foretold by prophets and angels.  “His reign began a new testament of relationship between God and humanity.” (W. Brueggemann – Names For the Messiah, p. vii)
Jesus, the Christ, God’s Son is Immanuel.  He is God with us.  The wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, prince of peace, Savior, liberating king is also Immanuel – God with us.
Classic attributes of God, such as omniscient (all knowing) and omnipotent (all powerful) help us keep God at a comfortable distance.  Even God as omnipresent (all-present) doesn’t get too personal.  But Immanuel gets close and personal.  God’s Son comes upon the scene and bursts and intrudes into our private and personal lives.  Maybe this is why Ahaz didn’t want to ask for a sign of God’s protection, power and presence.  Maybe he, like us wants to keep God at a comfortable distance.
Immanuel brings us comfort and peace.  He brings a new relationship between God and humanity.  Immanuel brings a new relationship between God and you – a relationship that intrudes into our private and personal lives.
Reflect On:
1) What are some signs for you of God’s trustworthiness and faithfulness?
2) When is is hardest for you to trust in “Emmanuel” -God with us?

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