Matthew 1:23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," with is translated "God with us."
Children can follow along in Shine On page 162 and Spark page 196.
During Lent we will be going through 40 Jesus stories from Matthew, starting today. Each day will include a verse and a story in the Childrens Bible. Today we begin with the story of Joseph being visited by an Angel. While the mention of angels is not very familiar in our daily life (let alone for Joseph's daily life), I would propose that it is not the most shocking part of this story. Even the mention of a virgin being with child is not the most shocking part. More deeply shocking, and sometimes taken for granted, is the notion that God is with us. Jesus' birth is not a magical moment as much as the epicenter of our faith.
Sometimes we get distracted - especially with all the amazing acts that Jesus does in Matthew and the other 3 gospels in our Bible. Yet at the center of it all is not how great Jesus was, but how near and present God is. God is not up on Mount Olympus or Long's Peak, or even Pike's Peak. God is not up in some heaven light years away. God is somewhere where we are not. God is wherever we are. God is with us. What better name to give Jesus, who embodies and lived the vision of God's Kingdom (God's nation and God's people)? Immanuel - God with us. This might be the hardest part of Jesus to live and be - to connect with God in every moment in every day. Do you and I truly believe that God is with us?
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.