Summary: The examination of the statement "God with us."
Immanuel the Everlasting Present
I am learning that the best way to communicate to Jared is to get down on his level, eye level and level of understanding. When he gets in the trash I tell him no it is stinky, don’t play in there. I do not tell him “The possibility of cutting yourself on broken glass, contracting food poisoning from germs found on old, spoiled food; or creating a mess that will ruin the floor is very high. Therefore stay out of the trash.” He would never understand at his age what I was talking about. “No it is stinky” is all he needs to hear to understand not to do play in the trash. His age determines his understanding. His age determines his maturity.
Soren Kierkegaard, the great Danish theologian told this story: A prince who wanted to find a maiden suitable to be his queen. One day while running an errand in the local village for his father he passed through a poor section. As he glanced out the windows of the carriage his eyes fell upon a beautiful peasant maiden. During the ensuing days he often passed by the young lady and soon fell in love. But he had a problem. How would he seek her hand? He could order her to marry him. But even a prince wants his bride to marry him freely and voluntarily and not through coercion. He could put on his most splendid uniform and drive up to her front door in a carriage drawn by six horses. But if he did this he would never be certain that the maiden loved him or was simply overwhelmed with all of the splendor. The prince came up with another solution. He would give up his kingly robe. He moved, into the village, entering not with a crown but in the garb of a peasant. He lived among the people, shared their interests and concerns, and talked their language. In time the maiden grew to love him for who he was and because he had first loved her.
God faced the same dilemma. How can He communicate with us where we can understand? How can He make Himself approachable? Look at the text with me today.
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God with us, what a statement. We hear this each time the Christmas story is told, but what does it mean to us? I asked Melissa what it meant to her and she said “God never leaves us.” What do you think of when you read this statement? This statement shows us His deity and His nearness, His identification with man.
1. GOD with us. Yahweh, Jehovah, Creator, Master of the Universe, First and the Last, Alpha and Omega, all the names you can think of the Bible uses to refer to God, not a god, but the God is with us. Not Allah, the man upstairs, a higher power, the big guy, nothing as ambiguous as that. These are name for something man has created to be god. Allah is not God this is a name for a moody, vengeful, cold false god worshipped in Islam. The man upstairs, the big guy, a higher power are names to trivialize who God is in the eyes of the world. This verse says the creator of the heavens and the earth, the One who was is and is to come, or Everlasting Father is here with us.