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God With Us To Be God For You!

December 24, 2017

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The Nativity of Our Lord               Trinity Lutheran Church

24 December 2017                          Murdock, NE


+ Jesu Juva +


Matthew 1:18-25


Isaiah’s prophecy has come true. “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and he will be called Immanuel.”


The Son of the Most High is in the womb of the Virgin Mary! Conceived by the Holy Spirit when the angel Gabriel preached the annunciation sermon in Mary’s ears. Baby Jesus growing in Mary’s belly is Immanuel. Immanuel means “God with us.” Baby Jesus is God with us.


That’s incredible! But there is more! Yes, there is more. The little Baby is “God with us” in order to be God FOR US! Yes, that’s right. It’s one thing for Jesus to be “God with us.” It’s quite another thing for Him to be God FOR US. To be God FOR US He is now Immanuel, “God with us.”


He could be God with us in order to be against us. Be hostile to us. Opposed to us. Do battle with us. That would be our hellacious end. It’s what we deserve because of our sin. Our idolatry. Our mistrust. We deserve God to be at war with us because of our being at war with Him. We deserve to be nuked with God’s hellacious wrath.


He doesn’t choose that. He elects another way. The salvational way. He brings peace between you and Him. He gives harmony and establishes fellowship. In the Baby Jesus! Jesus is Immanuel. God with us. To be God FOR US.


How is He for us? Listen to how Matthew preaches it. “He will save His people from their sins.” This is the gospel. This is the good news. Salvation! It is the entire message of the Bible!


Here is the truth. I’m here to tell you that your sins are forgiven! They are not held against you. They are not counted against you. Why? Here’s why. They are held against Jesus. Counted against Him. He is Immanuel, “God with us,” in order to be God FOR US in that particular way.  To “save” you “from your sins.”


He is conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order to take all your sin in His Body on the cross. Soaks it all up in His crucified Body like a sponge. Then He willingly endures all of God’s hellish damnation. The apostle Paul preached it this way: “He was made to be a curse,” (Galatians 3:13) as He hung on the tree. In another sermon Paul proclaimed it this way: Jesus “who knew no sin was made to be sin” (2 Corinthians 5) when He was stapled to the wood of the cross.


Psalm 130:8 promised this. “He [Yahweh] himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.” Baby-Jesus-Immanuel does this! God with us to redeem us! From all our sins! Baby Jesus is born as Immanuel to give His life as a ransom FOR YOU!


YES! FOR YOU! He did it precisely FOR YOU. That’s how precious you are to Him. He saved you from your sins! It’s absolutely true!


Merry Christmas!


In the Name of Jesus!



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