Immanuel, God with us!
Why does mankind need Immanuel?
Isaiah 59 “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; Neither is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear.” And the Scriptures pronounce in no uncertain terms that every human being stands guilty before God–guilty not only of misdemeanors, but guilty also of untold felonies. In one place it is written, “If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8) And in another place, “The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one” (Psalm 14:2-3). And still in another place God says, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of it all” (James 2:10).
Why does the human race need “God with Us?” Because we have separated ourselves far away from Him by our sin. We were created for relationship with the Father, and yet our sin has separated us from Him.
That is why we need “God with us,” Jesus Christ, our Immanuel. Because only He can undo what we have done. Only the One who created us in the first place can restore us again. Only our Creator can break down the wall of sin that separates His creatures from Him. Only He can give their lives the meaning and completeness they were supposed to have.
Only “God with us” can rescue us.
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