Matthew 1:18-25: “Behold, the virgin shall be with Child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, ‘GOD with us.’”—Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14
As I think about JESUS being born of a virgin and named “Immanuel” I think of John 1:14: “And the WORD became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Folks, this is one of the most significant historic events ever in the entire world! It is important that we understand the magnitude of this event.
JESUS was GOD from all eternity and yet joined Himself to sinful humanity in the Incarnation. The GOD-man possessed all the attributes of deity and the attributes common to humanity (apart from sin), and He will exist forever as the GOD-man in His resurrected body. Only the GOD-man could be an adequate Savior; for He must be human in order to be able to suffer and die, and He must be GOD to make that death effective as a payment for sin (the fallen nature as opposed to sinful behavior).
Can you understand why it is so important that we make much of Christmas and that we celebrate this Christmas season in a very big way? Indeed, the Christmas event is equal only to the resurrection of JESUS in significance.
GOD became man and pitched His tent among us! CELEBRATE WILDLY!