Nativity Alive: Immanuel — God with Us

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On Christmas Day, place the baby Jesus in your Nativity to complete the group of Nativity figurines and celebrate that, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)

In this beautiful passage proclaimed by the angel, the Baby Jesus is given three names: Savior, Christ, Lord, meaning:  Deliverer, Anointed, Having Authority.

An Old Testament passage also gives Him the names Immanuel, or God with us, and Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” which means “God with us” (Matthew 1:21-23).

Immanuel, God with us, the King of kings, born in a cave, is wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger, probably a feed trough, possibly containing the remainder of a salt cake at the bottom. With that thought, “Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus lay down His sweet head” takes on special meaning.

One of the most triumphant and comforting sets of names is from Isaiah 9:6:
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

For whatever is happening, whatever we need, let’s call out these names for Jesus. He was God’s gift to us. One perfect gift who is all we will ever need. In the words of the carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem::

“How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n!
So God imparts to human hearts the blessing of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.”

Prayer: 
Thank you Lord for the greatest, most unearned present we have ever been given. May our hearts sing through this season the message that in this world of sin, where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.
Be near me Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and humbly I pray.
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care
And fit us for heaven to live with Thee there.
In Jesus Name, Amen

Immanuel - God with Us

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