November 19, 2018
SERMON: November 18th, 2018 “Immanuel, God with Us”
IMMANUEL – God with Us
Genesis 3:15 (ESV)
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
Isaiah 7:14 (ESV)
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Micah 5:2 (ESV)
2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Matthew 1:23 (ESV)
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
Revelation 1:17–18 (ESV)
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.
Man was created in the image of God and all humans are spiritual beings. Mankind was the high point of God’s creation. When Eve was deceived and Adam chose to follow, man suffered spiritual death and that sin alienated God from man – Paradise was lost. Could God have done things differently? Should He have not giving man a choice or opportunity to disobey? God gave man a choice – choice to love God or not. We are ‘Bethlehem’ people – Bethlehem, the place of Jesus’ birth, was not a significant location – not like Rome or Greece. Bethlehem became transformed from a town of obscurity to a town of history and we too can be transformed by Jesus in us. We can be transformed like Matthew and Simon Peter who became men of history because they were disciples of Christ. Paradise is now regained by Christ living and dying for us.