Thursday, December 27, 2018
God took his Word and gave Him flesh (John 1:1-5, 14). His name was Emmanuel, meaning “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). The angel said his name would be “Jesus” which means the salvation of Jehovah or Yahweh. He was sent to live among first century Israel. Isaiah prophesied about him saying, “And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Isaiah also told us about his birth. “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).
John tell us, “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” (John 1:11). Just as their fathers failed to appreciate Jehovah in the cloud and pillar of fire, so some refused to recognize Deity in the flesh. They were so busy attempting to do the impossible, that they failed to understand that in Jesus all things are possible. They could not see God’s grace, love, or mercy. They disregarded faith and attempted to save themselves through Law keeping. Failure was their reward. Even today men continue to choose that failure rather than accept salvation by faith.
Some foolishly embraced a Barabbas rather than choose the Immanuel. Some sold their souls to the Father of Lies, rather than receive freedom from the Father of Truth. Yet Jesus came to die for all sinners because He loves us. Sadly, some reject that love. God made it possible to be reconciled to Him through Jesus. Yet, many chose to reject His love, ridicule His mercy, ignore his grace, and make themselves their god.
We all have a choice. The choice you make has eternal consequences!