עִמָּנוּאֵל Emmanouël or Εμμανουήλ Īmmānū’ēl Immanu El
Immanuel – God is with us.
Have you ever stopped to think deeply about the power of the statement made by an angel of the Lord to Joseph? The angel went back to scripture. The prophet Isaiah spoke of the sign and a name some 700 years before Jesus was to be born.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14 NRSV
God would take on earthly form that we might learn. Miracles were performed that we might see. Life was given that we might live. God is with us.
Where is God among us today?
If we are to be salt and light, the body of Christ, a living testimony, why are so many hungry? Why are we so fearful? Why do we hide from the challenge of ministry?
I encourage you to take time this Christmas season to find and live in ministry. Find a way to love as Jesus and live with others. Be, for a moment, a reflection of God that gives hope.
How about a ministry for Christmas? It requires us to be with others. God did it. God asks us to follow.