Summary: Shows the deity of Christ who came to be with us.
Title: God With Us
Text: Matthew 1:18-23
Read that last verse, 23, with me
Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Now let them words just resonate in your spirit. What do they mean? Can you feel the overwhelming power in those words. Close your eyes, let your mind attempt to imagine what they mean.
Wow! What a statement. Does that statement touch you the way it touches me? I don’t think our minds can truly comprehend what the statement “God with us” means.
The almighty, all holy, all powerful, immencience, omnipotent God came down with us. He walked amoung us, not only did he walk amoung us but he also became one of us. Born as we are born, lived as we lived, tempted as we are tempted.
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
He became us so that he could be like us. He could feel as we feel. He could be tempted as we are tempted. He could overcome as we can overcome.
Oh what an amazing Revelation.
Isaiah understood it this way:
First speaking of the kind of birth Is 7:14
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14 AV)
Jesus born of a virgin. His mode of birth is just as important as his birth. For if he was not a virgin he could not offer forgiveness of sins. For if he was not born of a virgin then God could not be called His father. Oh let us never make light of the virgin birth it is one of our cardinal doctrines.
Next speaking of the power Is 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 AV)
There has never been a greater event.
John who actually begins his Gospel before the birth of Christ wrote this about the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ:
Turn with me to John chapter 1
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
God became flesh. Jesus who has always been lowered himself to become man. As can see from the description in scripture Jesus continues to be what he became.
Maybe it could be illustrated better with a human illustration. Told yearly by Paul Harvey I wanted to read it this year instead of attempting to tell it to you from memory.
ONE RAW WINTER NIGHT a man heard an irregular thumping sound against the kitchen storm door. He went to a window and watched as tiny, shivering sparrows, attracted to the evident warmth inside, beat in vain against the glass.
Touched, the farmer bundled up and trudged through fresh snow to open the barn for the struggling birds. He turned on the lights, tossed some hay in a corner, and sprinkled a trail of saltine crackers to direct them to the barn. But the sparrows, which had scattered in all directions when he emerged from the house, still hid in the darkness, afraid of him. He tried various tactics: circling behind the birds to drive them toward the barn, tossing cracker crumbs in the air toward them, retreating to his house to see if they’d flutter into the barn on their own. Nothing worked. He, a huge alien creature, had terrified them; the birds could not understand that he actually desired to help.