Immanuel is God with us. Our lives, in their totality, are intended to be lived with Him. He wants to live in us, through us, and with us during our entire life. I don’t know why this should be so shocking. Christ came to dwell among us and now He wants to live in us. And this isn’t just the typical, “He lives in my heart as if He were a hitchhiker.” We are to take Him into every living situation of our lives as He lives and I witness.
Immanuel, He is God with US
Immanuel, God with us, became God with us in the deepest sense. Deep within! Where Christ came into the world to be with us, upon His death and resurrection He became God within us through His Spirit’s outpouring at Pentecost. And at that point He also became God as us. Not only did He come to save us, He came to be us.
Jesus Christ desires to be in and involved in ALL our lives. We take Him into every situation. Where I once thought that He wished to dwell in just the spiritual circumstances, now I know it is everything and everywhere.
We don’t have to muster the energy to endure our lives and situations, we are to go in with Him. You and I face everything from our greatest besetting sin to our easiest daily errand with Him. We don’t do anything alone, ever again. Christ with us is with us in everything and forever. Going to get a loaf of bread from the store? Christ with us! Working at a job? Christ with us! Struggling with a sin? Christ with us! I don’t have to do anything on my own. Immanuel: God with us, is Christ in us, as us, today and forever.
His Name is Immanuel
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
All this happened to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet—Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’. (“Immanuel” means “God with us.”)
Matthew 1:23 PHILLIPS
In my next post I’ll answer the question: Does He desire to face my sins within me too?
The restful way to live. He came to the ordinary & lived ordinary, to live our ordinary. We are on a path of constant discovery of Christ–in us, wth us, as us. We meet Him where we are…now. One simple living word brings glory to His name. “Peace, be still”, & storm stops, & everything changes, inside out. One look of His eyes, & a heart knows they were seen, loved. God with us, revealed in us…He is a SEEN God. Who can put words to ‘revealed’, it’s full of mystery & marvel. The real definition is Christ living His… Read more »
Awesome thank you John
Looking forward to Monday because Las Vegas was my home for over 13 years & my husband’s for over 20 years. We just moved 2 months ago to GA from LV.
PS We began our first wave of moving into our GA home today and our Nigerian mover’s name was Emmanual! He knew what his name meant (but I had the sense it was sadly only head knowledge).
Heidi, I pray it blesses you and reflects the Lord. Let me know what you think. Thank you for your comments and for reading the blog! Bless you!
“Not only did Jesus come to save us, He came to be us.” I know what you mean by this, and I agree! However, just for clarification… Jesus never lost His identity in the context of His Father. Even at the end He said, “Not MY will, but YOUR will…” The Father never displaced Jesus; but Jesus, for the love of His Father, willingly surrendered His own desires and ambitions to fulfill His Father’s desires and ambitions. “YOUR Kingdom come, YOUR will be done” was always His choice.
Great point Bruce, and true. I will do a post soon specifically about our identity to clarify this. Thank you! I first have to post on Monday a post I wrote today about the Las Vegas massacre. Bless you man!
Dear John, this is my only hope!
As it is for all of us… Love you, Jean!
Perfect and Beautiful – Jesus! Christ in us, the hope of Glory. Jubilant joy, o hallelujah. This is Real food- thank You for living it in John, Lord so he can bring You so clearly, so nourishingly, so joyfully to us. : )
Joy! Oh jubilant joy! Bless you John! And thank you!
Bless you and love you Lt! Very encouraging and I am so pleased it touched you! The revelation is amazing and expanding. I have to break on Monday from the flow to bring a message about Las Vegas but I will continue on next Thursday. Praying the Las Vegas post is as filled with Him!