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“Now all this took place so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet would be fulfilled: “Behold, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son, and they shall name Him Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us” (Matthew 1:22-23).

The prophet Isaiah foretold these events centuries before they happened.  Modern skeptics want to dismiss Isaiah, but the oldest copy of Isaiah is still four hundred years before the birth of Jesus.  The Lord tells us everything we need to know.  He will come amidst a circumstance that can only happen because of Him.  He shall be called the name that tells us who He is, “God with us.”  It really cannot be said more succinctly.

Jesus, God with us, You have into our midst and You understand us better than we understand ourselves.  You have experienced the human life.  You spoke beforehand so that we could believe.  Why is it, then, that there are so many who do not believe? You have told us that, “As many as believe,” are they for whom You have come.  You are with us so that we can be with You.

Lord Jesus, You have come to create, sustain, and fulfill a relationship with all who come to You.  You must take the lead, for I am filled with unbelief.  You must save me, for I do not even know where to begin.  Lead me Lord in the way You have prepared so that I can be in You as You are in me, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, in the truth of Your salvation in order to be with You forever.  Amen.

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