God With Us

EMMANUEL: GOD WITH US

(WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO US?  WHAT DID GOD INTEND FOR THAT TO MEAN?)

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)  INTRODUCTION –  A COUPLE OF NIGHTS AGO I WAS WATCHING PUBLIC TELEVISION AND THEY HAD A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY SINGING CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND SINGING THEM VERY BEAUTIFULLY.  BETWEEN HER SONGS THEY WERE INTERVIEWING HER.  THE INTERVIEWER ASKED HER WHY SHE LIKE TO SING CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND WITHOUT WAITING FOR AN ANSWER SAID THAT THIS MUST RESULT FROM HER DEEP FAITH (A CONCLUSION THAT SEEMED OBVIOUS).  HER REPLY ASTOUNDED ME.  THERE WAS NOTHING SAID ABOUT HER DEEP COMMITMENT TO JESUS CHRIST OR EVER HER DEEP RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS.  INSTEAD SHE TALKED ABOUT BEING RAISED IN ALASKA, TALKING ABOUT THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THAT WAS THERE AND HER LOVE FOR NATURE.  SHE DID NOT TALK OF JESUS, SHE DID NOT USE THE WORD GOD EVEN.   SHE DID NOT REALLY BELIEVE OR INTERNALIZE THE WONDERFUL TRUTHS REVEALED IN THE CHRISTMAS CAROLS SHE SANG, NOR DID SHE ACKNOWLEDGE IN THE LEAST THE EXISTENCE OF THE GOD SHE SANG ABOUT OR THE CHRIST THAT WAS SENT TO SAVE HER.  HOW VERY SAD.  THAT WAS NOT WHAT GOD INTENDED:

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,  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. (KJV)

WHAT DOES THE SCRIPTURE MEAN BY “GOD WITH US”?  WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT TO US?   DOES THAT MEAN THAT GOD IS WITH US LIKE THE AIR WE BREATH AND THAT HE IS WITH OR IN ALL MEN EQUALLY?   LET’S EXAMINE THE SCRIPTURES MORE CLOSELY TO SEE WHAT IS MEANT BY “EMMANUEL”?

II) THE BIBLE TEACHES GOD’S OMNIPRESENCE (HE IS EVERYWHERE PRESENT)

A)       THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD: DARKEST JUNGLE, HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, DEEPEST OCEAN

B)       BEYOND OUR WORLD: MOON, OUR SOLAR SYSTEM, OUR GALAXY, VAST REACHES OF THE UNIVERSE

C)      Psalm 139:7 – 12 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou [art] there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou [art there]. 9 [If] I take the wings of the morning, [and] dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light [are] both alike [to thee].

D)      HE IS REVEALED IN NATURE BUT HE IS NOT NATURE: Psalms 19: 1- 2The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3 [There is] no speech nor language, [where] their voice is not heard. 4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun…”

E)       ROMANS 1:19 -21

III)           GOD’S PRESENCE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT (UNDER THE OLD COVENANT)

A)       GOD WALKED AND TALKED WITH ADAM (BEFORE ADAM DISOBEYED)

B)       ENOCH WALKED WITH GOD

1)    Genesis 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for God took him.

2)    Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

C)      GOD WAS WITH NOAH IN THE FLOOD, ABRAHAM WHEN HE FOUGHT THE KINGS, JOSEPH IN PRISON, MOSES AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL IN THE 40 YEAR JOURNEY, JOSHUA AT THE BATTLE OF JERICHO, SAMPSON SLAYING THE PHILISTINES, DAVID FIGHTING GOLIATH AND FLEEING FROM SAUL, DANIEL IN THE LIONS DEN, SHADRAK, MESHACK AND ABEDNEGO IN THE FIERY FURNACE, NEHMIAH AND EZRA REBUILDING THE TEMPLE AND THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM

D)      GOD SPOKE TO NOAH, ABRAHAM, ISAAC, JACOB, MOSES, JOSHUA, THE JUDGES, SAMUEL, DAVID, SOLOMON, ELIJAH, ELISHA, ISAIAH, JEREMIAH, EZEKIEL, DANIEL, THE OTHER PROPHETS, EITHER DIRECTLY OR THROUGH HIS MESSENGERS, THE ANGELS.

E)       IN THE OLD TESTAMENT IT SPEAKS OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD COMING UPON HIS SERVANTS BUT RARELY INDWELLING THEM.

IV)          HOW HAS THIS CHANGED SINCE EMMANUEL HAS COME? (UNDER THE NEW COVENANT)

A)       JESUS MADE AND INTERESTING STATEMENT CONCERNING JOHN THE BAPTIST: Matthew 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. (WHY WOULD JESUS SAY THAT THAT?)

B)       OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECIES CONCERNING THE NEW COVENANT: Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do [them].

C)      JESUS TESTIMONY CONCERNING HIMSELF: Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, (EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US MEANS JESUS CAME TO SAVE US.  HOW WOULD HE DO THIS?)

D)      TESTIMONY CONCERNING JESUS;

1)    1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit.

2)     John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

E)       TESTIMONY CONCERNING THE HOLY SPIRIT (THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST)

1)    John 14:17 [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

2)    Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

3)    1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

V )CONCLUSION – I BELIEVE THAT THE WORLD HAS GREATLY DIMINISHED THE CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS EMPHASIZING THE EXCHANGING OF GIFTS AMONG OURSELVES WITHOUT RECEIVING THE GIFT OF HEAVEN.

TO BELIEVERS HERE I SAY: I BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL GREAT ENHANCE YOUR ENJOYMENT OF CHRISTMAS IF YOU PREPARE OUR HEARTS AND SPEND SOME TIME ALONE WITH GOD ONE ON ONE NURTURING AND ENJOYING HIS PRESENCE.  EMMANUAL, GOD IS COME TO BE WITH YOU, TO LIVE VICARIOUSLY IN YOU AND THROUGH YOU.  UNDERSTANDING THE IMPLICATIONS THAT YOUR VERY BODY HAS BECOME THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST.

TO THOSE WHO HAVE NOT EXPERIENCE INDWELLING OF HIS PRESENCE I WOULD SAY:  YOU ARE MISSING THE REAL CELEBRATION THAT GOD HAS FOR YOU.   COME JOIN THE REAL CHRISTMAS “PARTY”.  THIS CAN BE YOUR DAY TO EXPERIENCE “EMMANUEL” GOD WITH YOU, GOD IN YOU, GOD LIVING AND WORKING IN YOU, ENABLING YOU TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH A NEW FOUND JOY AND INWARD PEACE.

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