The Odessa Record -

By Pat Estes 

He will be Immanuel which means, "God with us."

 
Series: Pastors Corner | Story 3

December 5, 2019



December is the month in which we celebrate not only the birth of the long awaited messiah, but also the foundational fact of Christianity that the second person of the Trinity became fully human while in no way ceasing to be the eternal Son of God.

We sing “ Joy to the world, the Lord is come,” and who is this Lord, the babe in a manger? The Son of God come down to us in human form.

Jesus, being born a man does not result in his becoming two persons possessing two identities and wills in one body, but one person with two natures. One divine and one human.

Matthew introduced this reality when he declared, “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call his name Immanuel, which means, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23).

John wrote of Him in John1:14, “and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”.

Many heresies arose later denying one aspect or another of Jesus true identity and nearly all modern deviations from the orthodox view of Christ are no more than resurrected forms of these ancient heresies.

More than academic matters are at stake here. What kind of savior do we need, and is Jesus that needed Savior?

The church has historically believed Jesus Christ is the eternal Son, sent by the Father to become fully man while remaining fully divine, to be the mediator between God and man.

This same Jesus who has always existed, broke into human history and time, gave His life as a sacrifice for the sins of the world and still lives today. That really is “Joy to The World!”

 

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