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Friday, December 21, 2007

Immanuel, God With Us

A preacher told the six year old Sunday school class that they were to re-enact the story of the birth of Jesus for the congregation for him that morning. The teacher wanted them to stage it themselves based one their own made up script, so it was certainly interesting. They had three Marys, two Josephs, six shepherds, two wise guys, and one boy who want to be a cow. Another boy decided he would be the doctor who would deliver the baby. The teacher consented, so the little doctor went back behind the manger and picked up the doll, carefully wrapped him in a blanket. Then with a big smile on his face, he turned to the Marys and Josephs and said, "Congratulations, it's a God!"

Stories like this are cute to hear around Christmas.

But, the birth of Jesus is amazing because God did become human. He became Immanuel. God with us. Wow. Think about that for a moment. God with us.

I hope that we will stop and think during this Christmas time with friends and family that God is with us. Slow down and thank God for becoming Immanuel.

Where would we be if he didn't become Immanuel God with us? Is it just at Christmas that we remember Immanuel? Why? Should we remember all year? How does it help our faith as Christians knowing that he became Immanuel, God with us?

I hope you have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.

What do you think?
Share your thoughts.

37 Comments:

Blogger NaNcY said...

"Slow down and thank God for becoming Immanuel."

excellent advice...once i read this a thought came to me... that perhaps there is less time spent thinking about Jesus during this time that is ment to be a celebration of His birth. and for several weeks i was thinking just the opposite...that Jesus is only thought of at Christmas. but, now i am considering that Christians think of Christ Jesus every day and there are many distractions when it comes to the made up time of celebrating the birthday and all of the gatherings that happen around this day.

slow down and think...good deal.

have a slow and thoughtful time with plenty of love and sharing with those you see.

lots of love
nancy

4:10 AM  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Amen to all you say here!

We do need to slow down, and read, think, reflect and pray- thanking God for this greatest of all gifts in becoming one of us, in his Son.

Thanks, Preacherman, for your faithful, good words in blogging to us, reminding us of the word of God which we all so deeply need each and every day.

Blessings on you and yours this Christmas and beyond!

9:35 AM  
Blogger TREY MORGAN said...

Preacherman - have a very Merry Christmas!

9:45 AM  
Blogger jel said...

I think, Have Great CHRISTmas PM,and family too! :)

1:37 PM  
Blogger Benjie said...

Merry Christmas, preacherman.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Monalea said...

Immanuel, is my grandson's middle name. Thanks for the reminder. Have a good Christmas.

Monalea

4:33 PM  
Blogger DJG said...

This is currently my favorite Mercy Me song...and a good thing to remmber for all of our lives!

Merry Christmas to you!!

5:35 PM  
Blogger David Kirk said...

Merry Christmas preacherman!

12:14 AM  
Blogger Darin L. Hamm said...

791
Merry Christmas Preacherman.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

I like to think of Paul trying to get me to understand as he writes in Philippians this concept... He put aside being God to become my savior.

Here I am trying my best to get to heaven and He just left it behind, all of it, in order to pay my way, lift me up, and bridge the gap.

Talk about a grass roots movement, he became the lowest of the low, took on the worst of the worst, and came out of being given the name that is above all names.

Too many seek to get to the top, but Jesus showed me that I have to seek to get to the bottom, become like a child, and trust Him fully.

Immanuel indeed! God with us... now, show of hands... who is with God?

Jimbo

2:32 PM  
Blogger cwinwc said...

Great story. Merry Christmas my friend.

8:38 AM  
Blogger ben overby said...

Kinney,

I pray you have a glorious
Christmas and joyous new year! I appreciate your blog, too.

Peace on Earth,

Ben

10:57 AM  
Blogger Kansas Bob said...

Merry Christmas Preacherman.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Awesome post, as usual. I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, and I pray that you and your family have a blessed New Year as well.

In the prayer room, before church this past Sunday, I was listening to someone pray for someone else. They were praying that this Christmas would be a time of change for their household. That it would be the start of their new year as they reflect on the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. That really stuck out to me. It made me think about how that the day, Christmas, should be a time that we celebrate Christ with us, every single day.

Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. They mean a lot!

8:53 PM  
Blogger jel said...

Morning PM,
hope ya had a good Christmas,

and have a Great New year!


what cup of coffe R U one this morning? :)

9:03 AM  
Blogger Candle (C & L) said...

Preacherman - It's been a while since I've come by. I wanted to thank you for stopping by my sporadic ramblings and for your encouraging words. God has blessed me by giving me friends through this medium that lets us reach out over the miles.

I was impressed that despite the lack of accuracy on the details this group of children got the message right -- God with us -- may we be able to take that gift and accept it so that each day people see Christ in us.

God Bless
Charlie

11:07 AM  
Blogger Royce Ogle said...

"God with us"! Christ in us! Our lives hidden with Christ in God! If God is for you (and He is)who can be against you?

Can you hear the Godman saying to you "I will never leave you or forsake you, I will go with you go with you all the way.."?

Will I look for Him on a cross? Can I find Him near an empty tomb? Must I look intently into the heavens to see Him? No, He is with me, in me until He comes to make the day last for ever. The night will be desolved by He who is the light of the world, youth will be restored, the curse of sin finally lifted, and the sons of God liberated and glorified.

We must correctly think of Him as "God with us", present tense, not as a history lesson.

His peace,
Royce

7:18 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

I want to thank everyone for the wonderful well wishes. I had a wonderful Christmas with my family. I hope that everyone has a safe and Happy New Years. Remember to eat your black-eyed-peas. :-)

6:26 PM  
Blogger laymond said...

I hope you had a great Christmas. We all had a good Christmas, we even received a Christmas potato. If you are not familiar with this tradition check the link on my blog.

10:56 AM  
Blogger NaNcY said...

black-eyed peas?!
is that a good new year's food?

how about some fresh crab and bread with melted butter.

7:49 PM  
Blogger jel said...

Happy new years



nancy, eating blackeye peas on New years day, is an old tale that if ya eat the on that day, will give a good health ,

10:21 PM  
Blogger AncientWanderer said...

Happy New Year :)

2:59 AM  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Happy, blessed new year, to you and yours.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Gord said...

That is really something worth contemplating. I have been wrestling with the whole idea of God being one of us - I mean, God is not a man, yet, he is a man. Amazing paradox. Anyway, I need to meditate on this more. Thanks for reminding me of this powerful truth. We have a Saviour and a Lord who understands what it means to be human - because he is human. Wow! How many religions can make that claim? Thank you Jesus! Well, preacherman, have a great new year.

9:33 PM  
Blogger pastorkes said...

This is why I am grateful for the season of Advent. It is a time to take your excellent advice to "slow down and thank God for becoming Immanuel."

Thanks for this post.

7:30 PM  
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