Immanuel Restored

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And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, 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.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

Matthew 1:19-23

Before the fall in the garden, God walked with man. All of history has been about restoring that walk — about restoring God with us. The Immanuel principle fell apart as Adam and Eve were exiled from the garden. But Christ Jesus restores the Immanuel principle. He walks with us. He is a part of us. Those who accept Christ are in union with him. He redeems us and restores us before the throne of God.

Christmas is not about the presents and trees and elves on shelves. It is about a baby born to die and conquer death. It is about Christ Jesus who is very God of very God, begotten, not made, who walks with us. He is willing to walk with you. All you must do is be willing in return.

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Erick Erickson
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