A People of Love: Emmanuel

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

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

Matthew 1:18-23

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).

Matthew 28:18-20

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 (God with us)’. Then in Matthew 28 Jesus’ final remarks to his disciples are to affirm that essential truth: “I am with you always”. Why does God continue to remind us of this truth? Because we desperately need to hear it. He is not distant. He is not detached. He is not preoccupied with more important matters. God is present and involved in every aspect of our lives. From birth to death and beyond, God is with us and He wants us to know it.