Ministry in Word
IMMANUEL: GOD WITH US
IMMANUEL: GOD WITH US
– Part 2
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
Thirdly it was the magi (wise men) from the East who recognized the significance of the star as a declaration of the birth of a special Jewish king. This was important enough for these magi to travel from their distant homeland to a foreign place to worship him. (Mt 2) He is Immanuel to the magi, the sincere seekers of truth. God was with these truth seekers first in their desire to know the promised Messiah. It was God who put such desire into their heart. Then God was with them in their journey to find the promised Messiah. It was God who guided their every step of their travel. God was also with them in their choices of gifts for the Christ Child, unknowingly worshiping Him as the eternal King (gold), holy Priest (frankincense), and resurrected Savior (myrrh). Today God is with us who sincerely seek to know God, embark on a journey of faith, and receive Christ as our King, our Priest, and our Savior. He demands justice as our King for the wage of our sin to be paid. He intercedes for us as our Priest, offering Himself as the perfect holy sacrifice to pay for our sin. He is our Savior for us who repent to receive His forgiveness and eternal life (Jn 3:16)
Fourthly it was the righteous and devout old man Simeon who saw the promised Christ Child in the temple, proclaiming the baby “a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” (Lk 2:32) He told Mary, “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against.” (Lk 2:34) Thus He is Immanuel to the Gentiles and the Israelites, but only to those who
receive Him. The Bible says that the Word became flesh and dwelled among us. He came to that which was his own (that is, all the people because He made all of them), but his own did not receive Him. But
some did receive Him and became the children of God (Jn 1:11-12). God is with those among the foreigners as well as His chosen people who welcome Him.
的意念显露出来」 (路2:34) 。所以他是外邦人和以色列人的以马
Immanuel, God with us. He is now with us in our triumphs and failures in life. He is with us in our hope overcoming fear, in our victories over temptation, in our stumbles in sins, in our reasonable service, in our punishment and sorrow, in our grave; and so we are with Him, in resurrection, ascension, triumph, and the splendor of His second coming.
May we receive into our hearts the Light and let Him drive out our inner darkness. May
He be Immanuel to us throughout our life.
Tom and Tehwan Tso
“The outcome of your faith is the salvation of your souls.” 1Peter 1:9
“信心的果效， 就是灵魂的救恩” 彼得前书1：9