The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

Immanuel

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Matthew begins his Gospel with this truth:

And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel,’ which is translated, ‘God with us.’ (Mt 1.21-23)

John reminds us of the man who walked among us:

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (Jn 1.14)

Matthew returns there at the close of his Gospel to remind us that Jesus the Christ, risen and reigning, has never departed from his people:

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen. (Mt 28.18-20)

However you choose to celebrate it (or not) at this time of year, there is an astounding beauty and abiding glory in “God with us,” the underpinnings of redemption and the consolation of every believing heart, that should make us bow down and worship:

He stepped from his high throne,
And laid aside his crown,
And to this sinful world
The Son of God stooped down:
He came as our Immanuel
That God as man with men should dwell.

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Written by Jeremy Walker

Saturday 24 December 2011 at 22:00

Posted in Theology proper

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