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GRACEVINE DEVOTIONAL
Monday, December 26th, 2016

Acts 17:28 KJV
“For in him we live, and move, and have our being; ...for we are also his offspring”

In Isaiah 7:14, it was told Ahaz, King of Judah that God Himself will do a sign to substantiate His Promises.  “Behold, a Virgin shall conceive, and bear a SON, and shall call his name IMMANUEL”

The Angel Gabriel visited the Virgin Mary and told her of God’s plan to use her womb as a human wardrobe to dress the Saviour in the garb of human flesh. She accepted in faith and the Saviour supernaturally manifested as a human seed in her blessed womb. Matthew confirmed that Jesus was the same Emmanuel that was prophesied by Isaiah. (Matthew 1:21-23)

Emmanuel means “God with us”. What a name! What a statement!

Through his disobedience, a terrible breach had been made by Adam in the relationship between God and Man. Humanity could not find God. Man doesn’t have the capacity to find God. God is not lost. It is man that needs to be found.

ANY ATTEMPT OF MAN TO FIND GOD OUTSIDE OF IMMANUEL IS DEATH-DEALING RELIGION!

If you remember in Eden, it was God that always came to Adam in the cool of the evening whilst things remained “Cool” between them. Adam never knew where God lived. Adam’s disobedience caused a separation and a religious process became introduced into what was hitherto a simple relationship. Rules and regulations became the pathway to relating with God whenever He availed Himself to Man. This persisted for thousands of years until suddenly, Immanuel was born.

The announcing angel’s bustle echoed and mirrored the excitement in Heaven at the birth of Jesus. Immanuel had arrived.
God had chosen to not only visit groping humanity but to INDWELL Man in the womb of the chosen Virgin vessel. Hallelujah!

His birth flagged off an unending era in the history of mankind. Humans will no longer grope blindly about seeking God. God is now with Man. The one being sought had become the seeker and the finder of seeking Man.
He left His glorious celestial abode and came to us. Much more than that; HE BECAME US!
Joy to the world. On earth, peace and Goodwill had been extended to man permanently. Man was finally going to stop worshipping this unknown God by foolishly bowing down to dumb images. The WORSHIPPED was going to INDWELL the WORSHIPPER by becoming one with Man forever! By coming down to Earth as the Man Christ Jesus, God was essentially adding Man to the triune Godhead. By His death, resurrection and ascension, Jesus THE SON OF GOD who became Jesus THE SON OF MAN had officially become the representative of Man in the council of the Godhead.

Tears fill my eyes and gratitude my heart as I think of the immensity of the Love and Wisdom of God that brought humanity back to God legally. If you take away “Amazing” from “Grace”, it is no longer Grace for until Grace amazes, it cannot be called Grace.

Every time I think, say or even whisper “Immanuel”, I’m constantly reminding myself of both the day that the hope of Eternal Life was born as a child and the day it was consummated by The Son.

Glory be to God in the Highest indeed. God not only dwelled amongst us, He now lives within us.
Immanuel!
Happy birthday Jesus!
Happy birthday mankind!

May the “magic” of this season of His birth conspire with the beauty of His death and resurrection to fill your hearts and lives with the eternal nature of His Love, Peace and Beauty.

God bless you.
Pastor Ken Okotcha

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