God with us

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Matthew 1:22-25

22 All this happened in order to fulfill what the Lord had predicted through the prophet:

23 “See, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which translates as ‘God with us’).

24 When Joseph woke up from his sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord had instructed him: he took Mary as his wife,

25 but did not have intimacy with her until after she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

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God with us

When the Son of God came and lived among us, it was a special time for this planet. It was a special time of fulfillment. So many of the predictions and hints in the Old Testament came true during those few short years.

It was a time of grace. We did not deserve for God to grace us with his presence, but we never do. We especially did not deserve for him to come as one of us. He decided to become one of us, so that he could do for us what we had never been able to do for ourselves. He had the cross in mind, even as he lay in the cradle.

It was a time of submission. The Son of God from heaven submitted to his father and mother on earth. He submitted to his role in life, to the status he was born into. He was so much more than he seemed to be, but that was alright.

It was a time of joy. Some of those most sensitive to what the Holy Spirit was doing experienced that joy, including this blessed couple. They heard the voice of joy. They bounced joy on their knees. They woke up to the sound of joy every morning. God’s eternal joy was breaking through time.

God of grace, submission and joy, we long to be reunited with you for the first time. Come, Lord Jesus. Be with us again.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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