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Immanuel

Sunday, November 29, 2020

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Luke 1:28-29 – “…he said to her, ‘Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’ 29 But she was very perplexed at this statement and was pondering what kind of greeting this was.”

It is that time of year again when my wife and kids demand I play only one local radio station, 100.3 WNIC, The Light. This Metro Detroit radio station has the sheer audacity to start playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving. Only in the year of a pandemic and a presidential election, am I OK to accommodate that which makes them happy. One song that I even secretly enjoy is from Mariah Carey, ‘All I Want for Christmas is You.’ Don’t be so quick to judge!

I wonder, how often do you come to the Christmas story in Luke and think to yourself, how fortunate for Mary to receive such divine revelation? I want a divine annunciation that I’m favored, and God is with me! Maybe when a catchy Christmas tune like ‘All I Want for Christmas’ comes on you think ‘Lord, all I want for Christmas is greater revelation from you. Are you really Immanuel with such political hostilities and a pandemic?’

One of the things we often overlook about God’s revelations is the cost associated. God was with Mary and God was wanting to give Mary the greatest gift anyone can conceive, the Lord Jesus Christ. Mary received this gift willingly, calling herself God’s servant. But with the revelation and the reception of Christ, all her plans were suddenly turned upside down. What would Joseph say? What about her family? Her neighbors? Her reputation? How would she provide for this child? Do you really want all that comes with Christ breaking in on you? Maybe greater revelation this Christmas season means pondering more of the cost that comes with beholding Christ. Are you prepared to say with Mary, ‘…may it be done to be according to your word’? (Lk. 1:38) Such a heart is sure to see more of God.

Prayer

Jesus, thank you that you have come to reside within me as you did Mary. May your will be done in my life according to your Word, regardless of the cost. Help me to trust and obey as I anticipate your coming again. Thank you for your faithfulness! Amen.