One With US
“All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The Virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’)
Isaiah 7:14 NLT
God with us! These words resonate in my heart, soul, and mind—what a precious gift to have God among us.
Isaiah prophesied about the promised child- the seed of David that one day would come to redeem His people and restore our relationship with our Heavenly Father.
This precious child was to be born from a virgin Jewish girl and was to be called Immanuel, which means ‘God with us in Hebrew.
The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person. It was necessary for Jesus to be born of a virgin because the “last Adam or second Adam” could not be contaminated with the inherited stain of the “first Adam’s” sin and rebellion. (1 Corinthians 15:45-49, translation)
” But the last Adam…Christ—is a life-giving Spirit. (1Corinthians 45-49 NLT)
Immanuel, the second Adam, had to be like the first Adam in that He was sinless yet had the capacity to sin out of free choice. Untainted (not contaminated; polluted or tainted) but able to choose His way.
Jesus was born to be our substitute; He didn’t merely come to die for us—He died as us. What am I saying? Jesus had the option to choose to go His own way, but He chose not to. Jesus made the decision to take our place on the cross.
Lord, thank you for Your unfailing love. Thank you for leaving all your splendor and glory to join this sinful world to forgive us and restore our relationship with the Father. Lord, you became human to understand what it is like to feel hunger, pain, fear, disappointment, betrayal, abuse, desire, joy, laughter, delight, and every other experience common to humanity. Lord, Jesus, thank you for not letting me spend eternity without You. Jesus, you are Immanuel, God with me and in me. In your precious name, amen!
- Holy Bible New Living Translation, 2015 Tyndale House Publishers, Inc