Immanuel, God with Us

A happy and blessed Christmas to you all,

Tim

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Isaiah 9:6-7 (ASV)

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth even for ever.

Luke 2:1-19 (ASV)

Now it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrolment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to enroll themselves, every one to his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David; to enroll himself with Mary, who was betrothed to him, being great with child.

And it came to pass, while they were there, the days were fulfilled that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased.”

And it came to pass, when the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”

And they came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger. And when they saw it, they made known concerning the saying which was spoken to them about this child. And all that heard it wondered at the things which were spoken unto them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these sayings, pondering them in her heart.

Romans 10:9-10 (ASV)

If thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved: for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

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6 Responses to Immanuel, God with Us

  1. Katie says:

    A blessed and merry Christmas to you and yours, Tim!

  2. Srirup Chatterjee says:

    In India Christmas Day is a holiday in most places, though it is not necessarily a holiday season in that sense of the term.
    I make sure that it is a holiday for me on this day, though I do drop in at my place of work.
    In Bengali the day is referred to as “Borrho Din” whose literal translation is “Big Day”. I have no idea how that term came about.
    So Tim Have a really BIG day.
    A Happy an joyful Christmas to you and your family and friends and neighbours (in the extended sense that Jesus meant).

    Srirup

    • Tim says:

      That is a wonderful way to look at Christmas, Srirup. This is a Big Day, when God incarnate entered the world he had made and redeemed it. I pray God’s blessings are with you today and always.

      Tim

  3. cathyallen says:

    God bless you, Tim, and THANK YOU for your gifts here!
    Cathy Allen

    • Tim says:

      I am so glad my writing here is a blessing to you, CA. I hope God blesses it to all others who read it as well.

      Tim

      P.S. Your comment is almost Dickensian in its phrasing – “God bless us every one! said Tiny Tim, the last of all.”

      P.P.S. When I was born, one of my mom’s close friends got word from the maternity ward that I was a boy and they had named me Tim. This friend was English, so she then started telling people how much she was looking forward to meeting Tiny Tim. As she related to me years later, once she saw me – born at 9 pounds, 10 ounces – she said “This is Tiny Tim?!”

      P.P.P.S. Still not tiny.

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