Immanuel

 

AARON BROOME

 

Scripture Readings: 

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign: See, the virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel.

Matthew 1:18-23

The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant from the Holy Spirit. 19 So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly. 20 But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel, which is translated “God is with us.”


Commentary: 

God With Us

The majority of people identify as visual learners. This means the likelihood of a successful knowledge transfer to perform a task or understand a concept is highest when you are shown how to do it. The probability of success of this learning method is why a majority of skill-based careers train new workers using a journeyman/apprentice-style program. 

Along the same lines of a journeyman/apprentice, a common word that we, as Christians use, is “disciple” or “discipleship”. We have parents or mentors that teach us to model our lives after Christ, then in turn, we act as mentors/teachers who teach others how to model their lives after Christ as well. We are to be disciples who make disciples.

Discipleship would not have been possible without a Savior physically showing (through example) how we should live our lives. God did not just tell us how to live our lives through scripture; He showed us. He was with us. 

This Christmas remember the day that God came to earth in physical form to be with us, to have a relationship with us, and to walk with us through life to show us the path to eternal life with Him. 


Prayer & Reflection: 

Thank you for being a God who doesn’t demand anything of us that You Yourself have not endured. Help us remember daily Your relational love for us. Guide our lives and give us the obedience to witness to others so that we can have the opportunities to be disciples who make disciples. 

Dallas White