Immanuel: God With Us

Matthew Chapter 1, “The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah”, enumerates the forty-two generations of fathers from Abraham leading to Jesus (Matt 1:17). The word “father” appears 39 times between verses 1-15 for every male in the family line but in Verse 16, the earthly father of Jesus was named not as the father of Jesus but as the husband of Mary.

Matt 1: 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.

Matt 1:20 continues with Jesus being from the Holy Spirit “…an angel of the Lord appeared to [Joseph] 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”).

Jesus, the Word, made His dwelling with us.

John 1:14 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.

The Holy Spirit lives in us.

1Cor 6:19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own

1 John 4:4
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you[Jesus] is greater than the one who is in the world [enemy].

In the journey of a believer’s life, God is with us, Immanuel. Becoming like Jesus is our destination. God’s Word, the Bible, is our GPS (Global Positioning System) and the Holy Spirit is our interactive Tour Guide.

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