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December 13, 2021 3:20 pm
Manuel God with us is an incredible start doing truth is, is not only that our great guards enters into time and space is not only that God sends his son into human history. It is that he is now with us. God with us. John writes of the Word became flesh and lived with us. He comes into her neighborhood mother mode God the God who is with us. Matthew one verse 18 of the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way when his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put to shame resolved to divorce her quietly but as he considered it. These things will hold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. This is what Matthew says all this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet will hold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuelle, which means God with us.
That is, with the arrival of God's son to the side. We celebrate that the great eternal awesome God is no with us that truth spells our fears that truth brings peace to anxious hearts that truth brings comfort to grieving people that God is no with us want you to grasp that budget to try and understand that I know is difficult to think that our great eternal God, the God to the beginning, created the heavens and their great God is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has not come be with us. That is, he sends his son into the world so that we may know God, not just a biter. There's a world of difference between knowing about Emmanuelle knowing about Jesus Christ, who is God and truly knowing I know a lot about Pres. Joseph Biden. I've read about and listen to them and all other facts about but I don't know him and I know this is going to shock some of you, he doesn't know me when I became an American. 15 years ago. I pay my taxes, I presume, some of it goes to pay him in the White House and I think if I wrote to have. I sent an email to them or I left a voice message of the White House I think is very very unlikely that he would even lead to my letter that he would listen to my voice is the president millions and millions of Americans so I know about him, but I don't know when God sends his son into this world. He wants us to know him and the only way that we can know God is through Jesus Christ, who is God, who is now with us. You say how can we know God. We know God as we look at Jesus Christ and as the angel said to Joseph, he comes to save us. He comes to die for our sins. How could we know God by ourselves with two smaller two insignificant, you can't know the president. How could you know God millions of people in human history. How could you ever bind yourself approach God is too big is too far away. And most important of all, we are to sinful and God is absolutely holy.
He does a tremendous thing because God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
And the Lord Jesus accomplishes the way to God through his death as he bears our sins, as he is buried, as he arises again so that he says that the way to the father is through him is the way the truth and the life. No one comes the father part. I want to know him to know him personally. This is what it means to be an authentic follower of Christ, not just to know about him, not even just to read about her mentor think of is teaching entered try to follow his teaching. That's not the way the way know him personally to come as he himself said in humility and repentance coming from our sin and crying out to him to save us to believe in him as our our Savior to bow before him as Lord is God with the know this year is been a difficult year for so many has facemasks and with lockdowns and with quarantines and vaccines and arguments between those who are vaccinated and those who are not vaccinated and all of the rhetoric between Republicans and Democrats. People are unemployed people are sad, some families have been devastated through the death of loved ones through Corbett, 19 is a difficult year. We just heard in a beautiful song of the Lord Jesus comes Emmanuelle to bring comfort and joy and salvation the does that as we trust him because this is what God wants.
He wants us to trust him because without faith it is impossible to please God and in other distress in our confusion and our failure and their sin. God wants us to trust his son, and to trust in whatever we do know I love the sea and out of Charlotte only thing I don't like about Charlotte is a bit far from the city.
Most of my life you lived closer to the sea. I love the sea and I love to watch the city and many times as I walked the seashore absent a huge rock and that raucous tooth there for a long long time. Sometimes, that the sea around the rock is very, very peaceful, very beautiful.
As the sea quietly laps around the but there are other times when the sea is ferocious and when it hits that rock with a tremendous power and it seems so destructive, and sometimes the scene seems even cruel is it matters that wrong sometimes with the force of a hurricane wonderful thing is that that rock stands fast, it remains it doesn't change whether this is, whether it is in a storm and one of the wonderful descriptions given to God and to our Lord Jesus Christ is that he is the rock he comes to us whether you are in the quiet waters.
I trust many of you are when life is sweet in life. It's beautiful and you're on the mountaintop and the sea around you is calm is wonderful about their other times and when we find that within the storm song delete had Rachel saying that the songs remind us that right that life sometimes is difficult time seems even cruel and when that certain bothered by the sea under storms of life. The promise is this, that, whether in the car storm God is with Isaiah says you will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed upon the because he trusts in you trust in the Lord God for his everlasting rock. This God who I come to for salvation and cleansing.
This God is with me for all of my of my life and he is immovable. He is the unchanging and the changeable raw and I can testify about life good and can testify in the middle of the most difficult year of our life. We can testify that God is with us and that God is faithful and that God never ever ever forsake you that he will never ever leave you.
This is what it means to be a Christian it means to come to God through Jesus Christ that God is with us. I did know him personally, and to receive him and then to walk with him and to trust him and not to fear some of your freight today afraid of the future fate of their illness. Freight of your marriage falling apart, afraid of unemployment. Whatever it is, here is the word of God to know is Isaiah against you not see John you don't understand my life. Fear not by four with his Emmanuelle is God with us, fear not far I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will help you. I will strengthen you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. That is true to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ would give never done you know about that you enjoy the music. Using this is a great concert but you have never ever personally trusted Christ.
I want us to do that right now is to turn from your sin, to trust Jesus Christ. The Bible simply says believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. As I pray some of your true followers of Christ with his fears and there's nagging times in your life when you commit all of that is God who is with you. He's promised is faithful. They want abandon your storm is maybe very very fears he is the ever lasting rock. The God who is with us and he is with us in these promise that there's nothing in the whole universe which can separate us from the love of God in Christ wonderful being a Christian. I'm going afraid that you buy with me. If you're never yet received Christ as your Savior. You don't have a personal relationship with him.
When you turn from your sin.
We look to the Lord Jesus and ask to come and save you know you send you know you've come short of his glory, and you need a Savior and that he is dying on the cross to see him, the Lamb of God bearing your sin rising triumphantly in the third day showing is greater than the forces of death and darkness.
Trust receive him as your Savior know for those of you are followers of Christ, we reaffirm your faith in you will never let you go. Here's Emmanuelle God with you. God with eternal God, we thank you that you are the everlasting rock that you never fail us.
You never deserve this. You never come from us.
You are an everlasting and you keep us in perfect peace as we trust in you.
As we now do with all of our hearts draw close to his father.
Even though may many be trusting the Savior we pray in his name.