Emmanuel: God with Us - A Christmas Message
Jesse M. Hendley
My subject today is one word found in Matthew 1:23. It is a Hebrew word, Emmanuel. Actually it is three words compounded into one word: ''With us God.'' God with us! It is an amazing word! It is a very precious word. I hope that the Lord will speak to our hearts today.
As we think about the word Emmanuel, let us think about the Coming of our Lord in a three-fold way. First, He DID COME, over 1900 years ago into this world. Second, He IS COMING, daily, hourly, unto us who believe on Him, in spirit, into our spirit, revealing Himself to our hearts. Finally, He SHALL COME in His glorified body, this same Jesus, back to this earth again. He is going to be seeking for something precious to his own heart and for people who are precious unto Him.
The texts for this message are Matthew 1:21, 1:23 and Luke 18:8.
He Did Come
The Lord Jesus Christ DID COME. You remember the Scripture in Matthew 1:21, ''Thou shalt call His name JESUS for He shall save His people from their sins.'' He did come! He came into this world over 1900 years ago. Some people doubt that He ever did come. Some people doubt that GOD ever visited the earth.
I heard a man on television talking about the Incarnation of Jesus and he made some interesting statements. He said that if God did come into this world 1900 years ago and came as a little Baby, placing Himself at the mercy of men, this would be the reasonable way for Him to come. If God wanted men to love Him, could there be any other method as effective as this, of coming as a little baby? If God wanted men to know Him, could there be any better way? This man was saying that there is no greater love than in the family circle. The knowledge of one another is intimate in the family circle.
He said also that the idea of the Creator coming into the world as a little Babe in Bethlehem is for many people an unappealing thought. That is true, because a lot of p ...
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