Redemption Story (Part 3)
"The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means "God with us")" (Matthew 1:23).
Over the past couple of years this verse has come to be one of my favorites because of the comfort it brings. You see men, each of go through difficult circumstances in our lives and it is comforting to know that no matter how dire our circumstances, no matter our fears, no matter what is going on in our life, we are not alone. We have Immanuel, a name that signifies the character and mission of Jesus as God with us to save us from our sins – Blessed Redeemer, Immanuel.
Jesus is the visible reminder that God is with us. In a world full of darkness, each of us is called to be signs of Immanuel, to be God’s presence in the world and be a visible reminder of the grace, mercy, and hope that each of us has because of Immanuel.
We all know people who are walking through challenging times in their life, who feel overwhelmed in one way or another. How will those people know that God is with them, that they are not alone, if we don’t embody God’s love and presence to them? By our actions, each of us is called to show the love of Christ; we are called to act as a reminder of Immanuel.
This Week’s Challenge: The Christmas season, the best gift you can give to someone is to be a sign of Immanuel to them. So, who in your life – your spouse, a family member, a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker or a stranger do you need to be Immanuel to?