Living Faith Realities

  

Immanuel

 

Rev. Edith Fram

 

I would like us to consider a few, quick thoughts of the prophet’s words found in Isaiah 7:14 KJV: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” We find this repeated by an angel speaking to Joseph in a dream (Matthew 1:23). We know the fulfillment of this prophecy which took place on the first Christmas Day in Bethlehem when God’s love became Incarnate. The name Immanuel meaning “God with us”, He is also God for us, and God in us.

 

GOD WITH US: Isaiah 40:10 KJV “Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” The first thing we see because of Immanuel’s presence is no fear. I think we are more familiar with 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  We can have peace and be filled with God’s love because His love casts out all fear.

 

GOD FOR US: Romans 8:31 “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” verse 35, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” verse 37, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” In a world filled with trouble we can be confident of Immanuel’s working on our behalf.

 

GOD IN US: John 14:17 “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” I John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”  What a truth! God in us. The Anointed One and His Anointing lives in us, His power works in us and through us. We must learn to be God inside minded, be conscious of His Presence all the time.

 

“Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ at my right, Christ at my left...” hymn lyrics written by the fifth-century Celtic Christian St. Patrick also help us to understand the Name and working of Immanuel.

All this leads us to praise and worship and giving of thanks to Father God for sending His only begotten Son to be God with us.

 

 

Thoughts inspired by a sermon by Pastor George Pearsons