In Others’ Words: Immanuel

Beth Vogt Quotes, Reality 15 Comments


“If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: God with us.” ~John F. MacArthur, writer & minister


“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”– which means, “God with us.”

(Matthew 1:23 NIV)

“Immanuel” is one of my favorite words in the whole Bible.

Here’s my other favorite word: reconcile (or reconciling, reconciliation … any version of the word.) God is all about reconciliation, which means to make an enemy a friend. And that all started with Immanuel, God with us.

“For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them.”

(2 Corinthians 5:19 a NLT)

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a most Happy New Year! I am taking a break from posting until Monday, January 2, 2011. I’m looking forward to spending focused time with my family and friends.

photo by lifan/

Comments 15

  1. Two wonderful words, Beth. One of my favorite reassurances is God’s promise in Hebrews that He will never leave us or forsake us. “God with us.” Always and forever. Reconciliation–I’d be miserable without His willingness to offer reconciliation to me.

    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Years, Beth!

  2. The most valuable gift: How can anything compare to reconcilliation? Without it, nothing else matters. Thank you for the lovely words & reminder. Have a beautiful, blessed time with loved ones and a very Merry Christmas!!

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