Advent Devotional: Emmanuel
[lyte id="6AY0Q7xfZHw" audio="true" /]Holy Holy I will bow before My Lord and King Hallelujah You have come to us You make all things new
Emmanuel, Jesus Christ You'll never let me go My shepherd King You're watching over me Emmanuel
So amazing, You have named the stars Of the deepest night Still You love me You have called my name I will follow You
Holy Holy God Almighty There is none like You Holy Holy God Almighty There is none like You
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 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).
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The book of Matthew begins and ends with the same pronouncement: ‘God is with us’. In Matthew 1 the angel appears to Joseph to tell him that Mary’s child is the ‘Immanuel’. At the end of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus’ final remarks are to affirm that central truth: “I am with you always”. Why does God continue to remind us of this truth? Because we need to hear it. He is not distant. He is not detached. He is not preoccupied. God is present and involved in our entire lives. From birth to death. No matter our experience, circumstance or feelings. God is with us and He wants us to know it.
JESUS help me to see You and know You everyday. Make real to us the truth that You are always there!