With Us, Week 2
Sunday, December 11, 2016
- Immanuel = “God with us”
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). – Matthew 1:20-23 (#675)
- This would have been earth-shattering to Matthew’s audience (Jewish). In the OT God is too holy, too great; you can’t even look at God and live. All of a sudden, Matthew says, “He is with us”
- God doesn’t just watch over us, He is with us. God is not just for us, He is with us.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:14 (#739)
- God IS with you!
28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” – Luke 1:28 (#714)
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles,…” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (#803)
- parakletos (para = alongside, kletos = called to)
- When you understand the God of the universe – the All-Knowing, All-powerful, Ever-present God – it with you, it changes everything
- God WAS with you.
- Sometimes it’s easier to see Him in your rearview mirror than in the present moment.
- Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22 (#14) – Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide – actually – The Lord’s Provision Will Be Seen)
- God’s faithfulness in my past fuels my faith for the future.
- God WILL BE with you.
- Think about this teenage girl, Mary. The first thing the angel tells her is, “God is with you.”
- Imagine if she could see her future. If she could have seen it she would have said, “God will be with me when…”
- Paul – rhetorical question in Romans 8:35 – “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39 (#787)
- Nothing can separate you.
- You fears, doubts, insecurities, theological questions, things you can’t explain, your brokenness, your failures, your mistakes; not sickness, not a divorce, not what someone else did to you, not broken dreams
- There is NOTHING that can separate you from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus – because He is, He was, and He will be with you.