Matthew quotes the Prophet Isaiah and in so doing he brings to us perhaps the most amazing reality of the Advent. This wonderful truth is that in the persons of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit God is continually with his people. People often say they wish Christmas could last all year long. Well, for those whom God has called, the reason for Christmas will be with you all year long -- right into eternity! Once the presents are opened and the tree is taken down the thoughts of Christmas fade into the New Year celebrations. But for you, God's child, the person of Immanuel lives on. He is with you. This is a foundational reality that must not be taken for granted. Christian, you are never alone, no matter how alone you may think you are. This is your most valued possession. Don't withhold its beauty from others. God has lavished riches on his people, people like you and me.
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding." Ephesians 1:7-8
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