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12/24/2007

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The Real Joy Of Jesus


"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel---which means, God with us" " (Matt. 1:23).

As we listen to the lovely sounds of Christmas carols filling the air, we are reminded of the meaning of Christmas. Jesus came to earth to be more than the Babe of Bethlehem. He came to be "Emmanuel, God with us." years before, Isaiah had foretold of His coming to earth. "Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel" (Isa. 7:14).

At Jesus' birth the angel said to Joseph, "You shall call his name Immanuel, which being interpreted is God with us." In the person of Jesus Christ, God came to earth that He might be "GOD WITH US." But He came to be more than "God with us." He came to be the Savior that He might be "GOD IN US." "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people" (2 Cor. 6;16). Through Christ we can know what God is like and what he can do for us.

With His presence in us, we are assured that He will enter into each of our needs with us. What is your need today? Is it comfort? He, the God of all Comfort, is WITH YOU, bringing His comfort to your hearts. Are you lonely? He has promised, "I will never leave you or forsake you" (Heb. 13:5). Are you fearful? He is with you, quieting your heart as he says, "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27). Are you weak, wondering how you will get through the day? He is with you to strengthen you. "It is God who arms me with strength" (Ps.18:32).

The Christmas season will soon be over. But the Christ of Christmas is always available every day through the year to meet our needs. Emmanuel---GOD WITH US---in the person of Jesus Christ--DWELLS IN US--that He might LIVE HIS LIFE THROUGH US.

Have a wonderful day, and a joyous Christmas season. I look forward to talking with you in a few days. Let you lights shine....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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