“And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in to her and said:
‘Hail, thou art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.‘”
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7: 14
Immanuel – God with us
The year 2020 has given to us innumerable opportunities to grow in faith and commitment to that way of life which we know to be right and true. This moral compass is known by many names. During the Christmas season “Immanuel” is celebrated as the North Star of our compass.
“Victory o’er the grave?” Is it possible? Absolutely! Ask any addict who has been saved from the hell of his/her addiction, the death sentence of a spiritual abyss, and you will be told, “Yes, yes, yes! I have been raised from my personal hell on earth, my living grave, and we, my Higher Power and I, are victorious over death.”
That is what the gift of Immanuel, the spirit of God made incarnate in Jesus of Nazareth, has done for mankind. This is an inexhaustible gift which can never be used up, discarded, put in the attic, or trashed before next Christmas. But, it can be repurposed and shared with other hungry, dying souls. I like sharing gifts. How about you?
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55
Just another traveler on life’s highway hanging out in the slow lane. It’s quiet. It’s peaceful. Beyond the horizon is rest calling my name. Green pastures, still waters, my cup overflows.
“For this reason the sovereign master himself will give you a confirming sign. Look, this young woman is about to conceive and will give birth to a son. You, young woman, will name him Immanuel.” ISAIAH 7:14 NET (new English translation)