God With Us

Background Story: Jesus is days away from fulfilling His mission for coming to earth. Soldiers are coming to arrest Him, but before they do, Jesus prays to God.

Read John 17:1-8

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 

Big Idea: Emmanuel is Still With Us.

In Isaiah 7:14, the prophet predicted Jesus’ birth and said, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” The word Immanuel or Emmanuel is translated as, “God With Us.” While often quoted around Christmas time, the idea that God came to earth and is with us is a life transforming concept for everyday!

Because Jesus came to earth as, “God With Us”, we have these amazing truths found in John 14.

  1. I can have relationship with God. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
  2. I am never alone. “My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:23
  3. I can have peace. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” John 14:27
  4. I have the Holy Spirit. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever-the Spirit of truth.” John 14:16-17
  5. I have a new life in Him through His resurrection. “Because I live, you also will live.” John 14:9
  6. I have the promise of heaven. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:3

Jesus invades every aspect of our life and is with you in whatever struggle you are going through. You are not alone. Today, praise Him for being Emmanuel or “God With Us” in all areas of your life.

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