Creed: God With Us
- Monday, April 25, 2005
The foreshadowed prophecy of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah was fully revealed around 5 BC when the One we call Jesus was born. Matthew wrote in his gospel:
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" -which means, "God with us." ~~Matthew 1: 22,23
Some forty weeks after Gabriel's declaration, Mary—a virgin betrothed to a Galilean carpenter named Joseph—gave birth to a baby boy. And when she did, angels were immediately dispatched from heaven to earth, bringing the news to a group of shepherds who lived out in nearby fields. As they shook with fear, one of the angels spoke. "Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."
What I love about those words is this: it's so to the point. "Here's the deal, boys," it seems the angel said. "God is here!"
God with us.
Once and Only Once
In the history of mankind, had God ever placed an anointing and power on such a young girl? Not that I know of. Mary became pregnant, not because she lay down with a man (Celsus, a second century writer of works against Christianity, declared that Mary had an affair with a Roman soldier), but because "the Holy Spirit came upon her and the power of the Most High overshadowed her."
Power. Dunamis, in Greek. We get the word dynamite from its root. An explosive power, then? Strong's said it is a power that comes from the inherent nature of God. The same power that created the world and all that is in it, is the very same power that came to rest on Mary.
Try to imagine that if you will. If you can. What kind of stirring must have taken place in her spirit? Obviously something so remarkable her relative Elizabeth, when she saw her, declared "Why am I so favored that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy."
Before All Worlds
Was Jesus in existence before 6 AD?
I believe He was. I'm not the only one.
John the Beloved wrote: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
John carefully begins his gospel in the same manner as the first book of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Jewish and Christian bibles. John stresses what he believes to be the foundation of Christian thinking in one opening line: Jesus is God incarnate.
He is God with us.
Next installment: God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God
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