GRAFTED IN | DAY XXIV

READ LUKE ONE

 

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive

and bear a son, and they shall call

his name Immanuel

(which means, God with us).”

 

God has kept His promises. The Messiah has come. What are the various names given to Jesus in the passages below? (Note: there could be multiple in any given passage)

Micah 5:2

What name is Jesus given in this passage?

What does this tell you about Him?

 

John 1:13

What name is Jesus given in this passage?

What does this tell you about Him?

 

Isaiah 9:6-11

What name is Jesus given in this passage?

What does this tell you about Him?

 

Matthew 1:23

What name is Jesus given in this passage?

What does this tell you about Him?

Every single person included in the family tree of Jesus leads us to Immanuel. As Matthew pens his “genesis of Christ” (you’ll recall our second day of study), he writes each name carefully, knowing their ultimate conclusion: Immanuel, God with us.

The unveiling of Immanuel might fall on our ears a bit stale. We’re used to seeing this verse around the holidays, and sometimes I wonder if it has lost is profundity. But when we consider all the generations of God’s people from Abraham to Joseph, the joy of having God with us comes into view. Abraham met God in a theophany, the people of Israel followed God in a pillar of smoke or fire, they met with God in the tent of meeting in the desert, and David only anticipated building a temple for God to dwell in. All of these means of meeting were temporary. But in Immanuel we have God with us. Permanently. Irrevocably.

Undeniably. God is with us.

The original language of this phrase is outlined below. Take a look at the Greek below. If you’re up for it, pull out a scrap piece of paper and copy the Greek there. Note: Greek is copied left to right, just like English. (Don’t sweat getting it just right, just do your best):

Ἐ μ μ α ν ο υ ή λ … Μ ε θ ’   ἡ μ ῶ ν   ὁ   Θ ε ό ς

E mma n o u ē l … Me t h ’   h ēmō n   h o   T h e o s

E mma n u e l … G o d   w i t h   u s .

 

For generations, the people of God eagerly anticipated the day in which God would come and dwell among them. And in Jesus Christ, in Immanuel, that day has come! The genesis – the new beginning of the world –  has come as God has come to live among His people. As Adam and Eve walked in the garden with God, God has come to walk among His people. Though separated from God by our sin, God came to us in a form we could understand, see, touch, and hear. Since we could not ascend to God, God came down to us.

Praise God!

 

PRAY & REFLECT

Consider what it means that God sent Immanuel to be “God with us.” Write the name “Immanuel” in the final place on the family tree of Jesus. Thank God for sending His Son. Thank Him for keeping His promises.

Author: amygannett

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