Posted by: dhkrause | December 24, 2014

God With Us – Immanuel

Seven centuries before the birth of Jesus (Yeshua), Isaiah prophesied about the Messiah to come, declaring a series of names or characteristics by which He would be known. These were confirmed in the life and ministry of Jesus.  First, Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would be born of a virgin, and that he would be called Immanuel, meaning “God with us”.

Isaiah 7:14 (NKJV)
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Matthew confirms that this prophecy was wondrously fulfilled in the conception and birth of Jesus (Yeshua).

Matthew 1
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus [Yeshua], for He will save His people from their sins.”

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

Isaiah further declares that the Messiah would be known by these names and characteristics: Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Jesus (Yeshua) indeed did wonderful things, that delighted the people but caused the chief priests and scribes to oppose him. He continues to do wonderful things in the lives of all who believe in him.

Matthew 21
14 Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant 16 and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?”
And Jesus said to them,
“Yes. Have you never read,
‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have perfected praise’?”

After the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, the Father sent
the Holy Spirit in his name, to be a teacher and counselor to believers.

John 14
25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

The remnant of Israel is now in the process of returning to the promised land, and God’s righteousness will one day be overflowing there as He continues to reveal Himself as the Mighty God through the Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 10
The Returning Remnant of Israel
20 And it shall come to pass in that day
That the remnant of Israel,
And such as have escaped of the house of Jacob,
Will never again depend on him who defeated them,
But will depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
21 The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the Mighty God.

Jesus came to reveal the everlasting Father, as he explains in John 14.

John 14
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father,
and it is sufficient for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

Jesus is revealed as the Prince of Peace, through whom we can have peace with God, and the peace of God guarding our hearts and minds.

Romans 5:1
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Philippians 4
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Jesus (Yeshua) personally gives his Shalom (peace and joy) to all who believe in and follow him.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you;
not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.  (2 John 1:3)

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, https://compellinglove.net/, 12/21/2014


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