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Fully Present ... then and now.

Posted by Don Sappington , 15 December 2012 · 1392 views

"The implications of the name Immanuel are both comforting and unsettling."

These words drew me in to want to read more as I have been focusing on the CHRIST of CHIRST-mas and His mission to the world. And so, I am yielding my blog so Michael Card can continue his thought.

He goes on to say, "Comforting because He has come to share the danger as well as the drudgery of our everyday lives. He desires to weep with us and to wipe away our tears. And what seems most bizarre, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, longs to be the source of the laughter and the joy we all too rarely know.

The implications are unsettling. It is one thing to claim that God looks down upon us, from a safe distance, and speaks to us (via long distance, we hope). But to say that He is right here, is to put ourselves and Him in a totally new situation. He is no longer the calm and benevolent observer in the sky, the kindly old caricature with the beard. His image becomes that of Jesus, who wept and laughed, who fasted and feasted, and who, above all, was fully present to those He loved. He was there with them. He is here with us....

Most incredible, however, are the times wed know He is with us in the midst of our daily, routine lines. In the middle of cleaning the house or driving somewhere in the pick-up, He stops us...in our tracks and makes His presence known. Often it's in the middle of the most mundane task that He lets us know He is there with us. We realize, then, that there can be no "ordinary" moments for people who live their lives with Jesus.

Jesus paid a tremendous price to be with us. Certainly the cross was the most obvious cost. But I believe more was in view.

We focus so much on the fact that Jesus died for us, we sometimes forget that He also lived for us and lives for us still. If Jesus had simply come as Himself, and not as one of us, the Bible makes it quite clear that we could not have borne the sight of His presence, any more than Moses could have looked directly at the face of God.

Imagine what it would be like to be at the Father's side one moment and struggling to sleep in a cattle trough the next. Imagine what it would be like to go from hearing the praise of angels to suffering the taunts of stupid men. The cost to Jesus is an indication of the incredible value of what He came to give us. And because no one will ever fully know what that cost Jesus, we can only begin to understand the incredible value of His gift to us."

WOW...thank you Immanuel, Jesus, for being willing to be with us then, now, and to prepare an eternal place to be "with us." That is good news worth sharing!!

Taken from:

Michael Card, Immanuel, 1990.

Thomas Nelson, Nashville.

  • Joan Phillips, Dennis Whalen, David Manske and 2 others like this

Indeed a good news worth sharing!! Thanks Don for posting!
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