Anthem Church // December 3, 2014

Scripture

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, plannedto send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His nameImmanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.

– Matthew 1:18-25

Devotion:

This is baffling because we often think of God as being so distant. Yet His choice in the grand story is that He Himself would come to earth, fitting Himself into a human bod. Full of humility, He stepped away from eternal glory to walk the streets of Jerusalem, completely unnoticed by the ones He fashioned in their mother’s womb. So here is Jesus – Immanuel, God with us.  No on has ever seen the Father, yet Jesus has, and He came to explain Him. Jesus said to His disciples, “if you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father.”

Practically how does this apply?  It’s easy to assume in our life that God would react certain ways to our journey. Whether highs or lows, we have an idea of how we think God Almighty would treat us in those moments. I would dare to say that most of our presumptions of how we think God reacts doesn’t actually line up with how Jesus would treat people when He was on the earth. If you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus. If you want to know how He treated struggling people, look at Jesus.  If you want to know how willing He is to give you His attention, look at Jesus. Jesus came to express the Father. He is God in a bod. Amen.

 

// Courtney Gorman

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