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Celebrating the Excellencies of His Name - Emmanuel, by Norma Tochijara-

 3.12.11


Emmanuel, God With Us.

What a great comfort this glorious name is, what a hope to rest upon. It is God himself who is with us, not a mere human that sins and fails us, not an angel, not a force, not a perishable thing,  but God himself! God with us!

The same God, that spoke in the Old Testament to Moses though a burning bush, who delivered Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fiery furnace, who covered Elijah’s wet altar with fire; the same God who spoke to Noah and save him and his family from the flood; who delivered His people out of Egypt, who spoke through prophets; that same God made himself man, to come to this earth which He created, to take the form of sinful sinners like us, deserving nothing but God’s wrath.

God With Us. He came as a man and knows our every emotion, temptations, trials, He knows our needs and wants. He knows. He lived among us! What a blessed assurance it is that Emmanuel is His name. And with that, we know that He was with us, and He is with us, and He will be with us forever and ever. We can rest assured in this name, love it and worship it. We can and should adore this God who is With Us.

Jesus came, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, forgave sins, and raised people from the dead, all these miracles speak of who He is. He is God With Us giving us sight, forgiving our sins, giving us life. We can rest assured that He is with us and we can rest in His good and eternal plan for us. We can rest assured that when troubles come, tragedies hit us, and temptations come our way, He is with us. He will give us the grace needed at the time. He will not leave us or forsake us, because His name is: Emmanuel!

God With Us. Saving us! When he was suffering the death of the cross and our sins  were being paid for, there He was, God With Us, suffering the punishment reserved for us. He is our only hope for Salvation, our only garment to put on to present ourselves before our Father one day. And in that day, when we will present ourselves before the Throne of God, Christ will be there as well. The great Emmanuel.

“O beloved! what an assuring and comforting truth is this- God with us! Now we feel equal to every service, prepared for every trial, armed for every assault. Deity is our shield, Deity is our arm, Deity is our Father and our Friend. We deal with the Divine. Deity has died for us, has atoned for us, has saved us, and will bring us safely to the realms of bliss.” – Octavius Winslow.

What a blessed name. His Name is above all names.

May God make us feel the need of Him, of Him being with us. That we may not be content with thinking we are doing OK on our own. We need Him, we need Him to be with us. Let’s learn to live in an atmosphere of godliness, knowing that we can pray to Him at all times, that He hears our prayers. Let us practice being in His presence as we prepare our souls to be with Him forever! What a privilege to be allowed in His house and dwell with Emmanuel forever. What a privilege and an unquenchable desire to enter through his gates with thanksgiving.

“God, in the infinite counsels of His own mind, resolved upon the salvation of His eternally chosen and loved people. He saw that there was no eye to pity them, and no arm to save them. He resolved upon our salvation, embarked in it, accomplished it; and eternity, as it rolls upon its axis, will magnify His name, and show forth His praise.” Octavius Winslow.


Norma





About the Author: Norma Tochijara lives with her family in Montreal Quebec.  She and her husband have been married for almost 17 years.  They have 2 sons, and 1 daughter who, a few months ago, went home to be with the Lord.  Norma and her family attend a Reformed Presbyterian Church and  she is in the process of learning and being transformed to be more like Jesus. Norma blogs at Reduce Me to Love.


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