Saturday, December 22, 2012

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

GOD WITH US
Isaiah 7:13-17

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14)
Christmas is the supreme revelation of God. God revealed as Immanuel. Immanuel means “God is with us.” God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them (Rev.21:3)  It is a symbolic name which appears in Isaiah chapters 7 and 8.In the gospel of Mathew he quoted it as a sign verifying the divine status of Jesus. The truth proved by this sign is that he is the son of God and mediator between God and man. It is a mysterious and precious name for us. Christmas brings a time of peace and joy. In the past God revealed himself in various ways. But Christmas by his son whom he appointed heir of all things, the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being has spoken to us who he is. Through Jesus Christ the permanency of God is with us forever. God is with us for what?

 God is with us in our struggles: Life is always a struggle between evil and good. As per an old concept when we covet other’s belongings it is good. When others covet our belongings it is evil. This is not an old concept. But it is that what happens even today in our day to day dealings. This thought is behind every corruption, injustice, evils and struggles in this world. God is with us to overcome evil with good. (Rom.12:21).

God is with us for his mercy to us: Man is an insignificant being. God’s loving care and mercy make us valuable. In the museums many old things such as used pens, dresses, shoes etc. are exhibited for the visitors to see. Now a days the value of such ancient things are not great. But the value and importance of such materials are to whom they belong to. The importance and value of man depends upon to whom he belongs to. Christmas is a door of God’s blessings and his great mercy opened to the humanity through Jesus Christ to make us valuable.

God is with us for his witness: The primary duty of man is to witness God. Christ send us to become his witness.” Go and make disciples of all nations, and surely I am with you always to the very end of the age “(Matt.28:20).God is with us to make us his victorious witnesses .In Christmas God is with us. Are we really with Him?

Prayer: Lord, make us worthy to receive your mercy so that we may overcome the evils with good and become your witnesses wherever we are. Amen

Rev. John N Abraham, Lubbock