I AM Emmanuel.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ woos the broken to repentance because they finally see God for who He is, not who they thought He was, and the Truth is so much sweeter than their previous misconceptions.

Opinions about God may change, even within the hearts and minds of His people, but God never changes. He is not manufactured from people’s opinions or expectations, He does not live in a lamp to be rubbed at our leisure, or sit on an altar of stone taking up space in someone’s living room. He is never threatened, never compromised, never surprised. He is all-knowing, all-powerful. The only One capable of utter destruction and complete restoration.

I AM that I AM.

And yet…

He grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not… Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous and he shall bear their iniquities. – Isaiah 53:2-3; 10-11

He is Emmanuel. Tangible. Flesh and blood. God with us. God instead of us.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from Satan’s tyranny.

From depths of Hell Thy people save

And give them victory o’er the grave

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

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