039: Immanuel, God With Us


What You'll Discover in this Episode:

Christmas time is a time of joy and celebration. The fun of gathering with family, holiday themed parties, and a host of holiday distractions. The world has slowly taken a time set aside to celebrate the coming of the Savior, turning it into a time of traditions and self gratitude. Christians, if you are not careful you will find yourself swept away in the madness of gift giving and self seeking desires. This is a time of the year where Christians are to proclaim the reason for celebration. Humanity was once separated from God because of sin with no hope of an eternity with God. However, God in His grace and mercy sent His Son to dwell in the flesh, fully man and fully God. In order to pay the ultimate sacrifice of taking on our sin at the cross. The reason we are to celebrate Christians is because God humbled himself to be like you and I, to live a perfect life and bare our sin at the cross. Only to rise from the dead and defeating the effects sin had on our soul. This Christmas season is a time to celebrate Immanuel, God with us. It is to be about nothing else. Are you celebrating this joyful time like the world distracted by its pleasures? Do we really wants God to be part of our lives? 


It's not surprising that this time of year can be extremely lonely for some. Some have lost loved ones that are no longer around to celebrate or maybe there are broken relationships that exist that only cause strain. For some there is a void inside who don't have Christ and as they struggle to fit in the world they are left feeling empty. 


There is good news. You are not alone, the God that created all things came down to this earth to have a relationship with you. You no longer need to be alone, because your are loved and treasured by the one that knit you together in your mother's womb. He wants to break the chains of sin and loneliness. Jesus sympathizes with you, those closest to Jesus turned their backs on Him during his final days before He went to the cross. Jesus was alone, but He did it for your sake. You no longer need to feel alone because you belong to the One who holds the whole world in His hands. No matter what your situation is, God loves you and is with you. 


In this special Christmas episode, Pastor Jeff talks about Immanuel. Listen and be encouraged. Merry Christmas to all. 

 


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Highlights

  • A special episode that is dedicated to Immanuel, God with us.
  • All other religions say you must do, but God says done. God has done what you cannot do.   
  • For some Christmas can be a time of great pain and loneliness, but it doesn't have to be.   
  • God sympathizes with your loneliness, Christ experience the pain of rejection and loneliness. 
  • .Jesus has promised to every person who has put their faith that He would never leave them or forsake them.
  • The Lord tells us in the book of Isaiah, “When you go through deep waters and great trouble I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression you will not be burned up. The flames will not consume you.”
  •  Remember that you are loved by the one who knows you best.

Resources:

  • Isaiah 43:2-3 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you...
  • John 1:1-4 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... 
  • John 1:14 And the Word became 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.
  • Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. 
  • Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you;
    Be not dismayed, for I am your God... 
  • Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come...

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  • Joe Garcia says:

    I love the fact that Jesus is God with us. He never leaves us or forsakes us. It’s ever so present in His Holy Spirit. Before we are in Christ- the Holy Spirit is around us, convicting the hearts of sin, righteousness and judgment, upon belief- the Holy spirit in dwells us, and we have that resurrection power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us. Praise God! The Holy Spirit surrounds us, indwells us, and comes upon us! Amen. I love the picture in view here. We can not run too far from God, where He is not already there. “I am with you witherest thou goest.” Amen.

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