Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Word of the Day: Immanuel

"God with us." I have been studying the tabernacle in BSF these last few weeks. The tabernacle was a visible reminder that God was an every day presence for the Israelites. It was a sign that God wanted intimacy, but that intimacy was unatainable by our own means. Hence all the sacrifices needed to enter into the presence of God.

It all pointed to the eventual coming of Messiah. Jesus. God with Us. Immanuel. We can have intimacy with God all because of Jesus. God came to earth so that we might enjoy perfect communion with Him, for all eternity. Isn't that amazing?

My favorite name for God. Immanuel. God with Us. He doesn't need us. He WANTS us.

I hope you all have a very blessed Christmas. I hope that you all get a chance to contemplate the enormity of God's work in sending Jesus as the final sacrifice so that we can have intimacy with our Father and Creator.

May God bless you with understanding and peace on this day.


chandy said...

Wonderful post! I'd love to read more of your insights from your BSF studies!

Merry Christmas!

D.L. White said...

My husband and I took a course/study in Leviticus. We thought it was going to be so boring. But it ended up being the richest study, because the description of the sacrifices and the temple - it all points to our need for a savior, and the symbolisim is amazing. And it's so cool how Christ fulfilled all those things. I hope you continue to enjoy your study! :)