‘Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.‘– Isaiah 7 : 14
( It is said to be dated between 701-681 BC as recorded from the Hebrew Scroll of Prophet Isaiah)
Have you ever promised someone?..How long were you able to keep them?..Often, we hear people talking about ‘promises’ but fulfilling the same doesn’t seem to be visible. This is the reason why our Beloved Father in Heaven asks HIS children to refrain from promising anything to anyone..HE says ‘Let your YES be YES and your NO be NO!’..
Well, with the Christmas Bells ringing and the Joyous Choir singing, let’s remind ourselves that ‘Our GOD is perfect in everything!’..Even HIS promises are always ‘YES AND AMEN’..If HE could speak through Isaiah (as referred from the OLD TESTAMENT) almost 700 years ago as to how HIS beautiful promise for mankind will get unfolded, then think of what can HE do with your life (of just 80-90 years to the maximum)!..There could be many who promised to be ‘for you’ but there’s SOMEONE who had promised to be ‘with you’ even before you were born into this world!..Isn’t that amazing?..
Your Creator is with you, and HIS love surrounds you!
God is not distant : HE is ‘EMMANUEL’, GOD-WITH-US!
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.– Matthew 1 : 22-23
(The date of Matthew’s Gospel in Greek language is far from certain. Three pieces of evidence have usually been advanced to demonstrate that Matthew wrote after 70 C.E.)
Let’s travel back to the NEW TESTAMENT..Here we can witness the manifestation of the promise given centuries ago..Due to transliteration and translation from Hebrew to Greek, you could see the change in the spelling as ‘Immanuel to Emmanuel’ but the meaning remains the same.
When Joseph (earthly father of Lord JESUS) hears this message from the Angel of God, he was speechless, bewildered by the Great Promise (birth of Messiah) being fulfilled through his family. Even today, we are surrounded by so many testimonies of GOD’S favor and GOD’S promises being fulfilled..But do we activate the power of Christ in our individual lives?..As a child of God, you should never consider yourself lonely..Because THE REASON OF CHRISTMAS IS TO REVEAL HEAVEN’S LOVE & SHOW MANKIND THAT GOD IS NOT JUST FOR YOU BUT HE IS WITH YOU!..