God Came to Us
All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”
Matthew 1:22-23 NLT
An angel announces to Joseph that Jesus would be known as “God is with us.” Matthew points out that this fulfilled the words of the prophet Isaiah as recorded in Isaiah 7:14 and 8:8. Isaiah seemed to be writing his words to King Ahaz to let him know God would send deliverance for the nation.
Matthew recognized these words had greater meaning—that God would come to earth and be with us. God would reveal Himself in human flesh. God would come to us because we couldn’t come to Him.
Amazing words. Words that should bring hope today. I’m pretty sure that no Old Testament prophet, including Isaiah, had a full revelation that Jesus was going to come as God in the flesh.
They interpreted those words to simply mean there would be a great man anointed by God to lead the nation to victory. Perhaps, like a David who was a great warrior king—but definitely fully human and full of flaws.
Only in the New Testament do we realize the full plan of God—He was coming to earth to reveal Himself to mankind. Jesus was God in the flesh.
Jesus would even tell His followers that when they saw Him, they were seeing the Father God. That means if we want to understand what God is like, we need to take time to study the life of Jesus. What He said and what He did reveals God.
Today, God is with us through the Holy Spirit, who lives inside of every believer, and through the written Word of God. When we read the Word of God, we get a picture of God with us.
Wherever you go today—God is with you. Whatever battle you are facing—God is with you. Whatever pain or problem—God is with you.
Holy Spirit, please help me to see God with me. Help me to realize You are present every day of my life.
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