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Discover the Book - Dec. 20, 2008

  • 2008 Dec 20
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God With Us

 

Our goal today is to see the third glorious wonder of Christmas which is:


GOD WITH US!

C. H. Spurgeon preached one Advent Sunday:

"It must ever remain to us the mystery of mysteries that God Himself was manifest in the flesh.
God the invisible was manifest;
God the spiritual dwelt in mortal flesh;
God the infinite, uncontained, boundless, was manifest in the flesh.
What infinite leagues our thought must traverse between Godhead self-existent, and, therefore, full of power and self-sufficiency, before we have descended to the far-down level of poor human flesh, which is, at its best, but as grass, and, in its essence, only so much animated dust! Where can we find so great a contrast man between God and flesh!”

And to that we say yes and to the incomprehensibleness of that moment at the manger when we see:

1.      The heir of all things - yet appearing as Joseph's poor, despised step-son, a carpenter

2.      The infinite one - yet an infant

3.      He who upholds all things by the word of His power - yet held in His mother's arms.

4.      God with us: Immanuel is truly:

A miracle
A wonder
An awesome thing!

To experience this wonder we need to hear God speak.

Please read God's Word in Matthew 1:18-23.

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man,
and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, " God with us."”

What is God's incredible plan of the incarnation? The glory of Christmas is the second person of the Trinity moving to earth in human flesh. God the Son came to live with us His creation!


But even more, this is the realization of God's marvelous plan. Join me in Eden as we see God inaugurating His presence with man. Conclude with me in eternity future as God consummates His presence forever with us. God with us: Genesis 3:8a

First God with us means God himself sharing with us:

Genesis 3:8a And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day,

God started with us in creation and Eden see Him "walking in the garden". Let's call that God sharing. From creation onward He has sought to share:

His creative genius
His infinite power
His incredible presence

Out of all the measureless expanse of the universe, where do we find God? Sharing with Adam and Eve.

Secondly, God with us means God himself seeking for us:

Genesis 3:8-9 8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?"

God is now seen as He sought out fallen man. We can see that aspect of God with us. . ."WHERE ART THOU?"

Genesis 3:9

The very first thing that happened after the news reached Heaven of the fall of man, was that God came straight down to seek out the lost one. As He walks through the garden in the cool of the day, you can hear Him calling--

"'Adam! Adam! Where art thou?"

It is the voice of grace, of mercy, and of love. Adam ought to have taken the seeker's place, for he was the transgressor. He had fallen, and he ought to have gone up and down Eden crying,

"'My God! My God! Where art Thou?"

But God left Heaven to grope through the dark world for the rebel who had fallen-not to hurl him from the face of the earth, but to plan for him an escape from the misery of his sin. And He finds him where? Hiding from his Creator among the bushes of the garden.

The moment a man is out of communion with God, even the professed child of God, he wants to hide away from Him. When God left Adam in the garden, he was in communion with his Creator, and God talked with him; but now he has fallen, he has no desire to see his Creator, he has lost communion with his God. He cannot bear to see Him, even to think of Him, and he runs to hide from God. But to his hiding-place his Maker follows him. 'Where art thou, Adam? Where art thou?'"

Thirdly, God with us means God himself saving us:

Let me hasten to add that our third portrait of God with us is also in Genesis 3, v. 15-24. As God begins the process of declaring how man can be restored we can call this God forgiving.

The first hint of the gospel - v. 15
The first hint of sacrificial death - v. 21
The first hint of being clothed by God!

1.      His birth would be divine: The seed of a woman.

2.      His sacrifice would destroy Satan's power: He would crush the serpent's head.

3.      His life would be painful: Satan would bruise His heel.


Fourthly, God with us means God himself saving us from our sins


Look back at Mt. 1:21 because God with us: Immanuel was revealed as Jesus. And what will He be doing? "For it is He who will save His people from their sins"

Jn. 1:29 "Behold the lamb that takes away the sin of the world"

Finally, God with us means God himself dwelling with us forever

Revelation 21:1-3 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people." God Himself will be with them and be their God.


 

 

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