Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Christmas celebrates Immanuel: The God with us

History, Holidays, Religion

About 700 years before the birth of Christ, Isaiah the prophet of Israel wrote about the coming Savior of the world:

Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign:
Behold, the young woman who is unmarried and a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us]
Isaiah 7:14 Amplified Version

And it is not just that a god is with us, it is THE GOD--the one and only God--who is with us.

"...But with the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem, Immanuel, 'God With Us,' takes on a whole new meaning. For in the person of baby Jesus, God is "with us" not merely to bless us. Nor is He with us in the sense that He is going to merely work through Jesus to help us, protect us, and guide us. No-the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay is 'God with us' because He is God.

What sent the shepherds back to the fields rejoicing, what made the wise men fall down in wonder in the shadow of that babe, was the gripping realization that they were in the presence of their Creator made man."*

Immanuel: His destiny was the cross... His purpose was love... and His reason was you.

She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus [He Saves], because he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 NIV

Merry Christmas

*From The Meaning of Immanuel, God with Us, by Dr. Richard Bucher of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Kentucky

Posts of Christmas past: Just for fun: What if 1st Christmas were today?
Come to Bethlehem and see, Christ the Lord the newborn king.


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