This Sunday Jeff kicked off our new series for the month of December called “Incarnate.” We finished Proverbs last week with a message about cynicism and how worldly foolishness is actually the path to wisdom. And we talked about how God gives us something absolutely unbelievable to believe in and it’s through that that you discover the wisdom of God. The fact that God would come to earth and put on human flesh may be somewhere near the top of the list of things that are hard to believe.
The birth of Jesus was prophesied for centuries before it occurred. Few of those prophecies are more famous than the one we find in Isaiah chapter 7 where the prophet tells us that, “the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” What is often forgotten about this prophecy is to whom and under what circumstances if was given. King Ahaz was perhaps the most wicked of all the kings of Judah. He had offended God in the worst ways at every opportunity, but it was to this king that God promised a sign that God was with his people. It is almost as if God was saying to him, “I don’t care how unfaithful you are to me. I am faithful to you and I want to be with you.”
Throughout the entire Bible, we learn that there is a God who created us and that that God desires to be with us. He walked with Adam and Eve in the garden. He came to Abraham. He had Moses build a tent for him and Soloman build a temple so that he could dwell with his people. And then finally, he came to earth as a child born in Bethlehem.
God wants to be with you. He wants to be with you even when you don’t want to be with Him and he came to this world so that He could be.
Band for the week was:
- Amaree Davis – violin
- Aaron Chappell – electric guitar + vox
- Jon Hathaway – acoustic guitar + vox
- John Bass – bass
- Zack Van Hoy – drums + perc