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God Keeps His Promises

**... and they will call Him Immanuel, a name that means 'God-is-with-us'** (Matthew 1:23).
Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalms 24:1-6; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24

Sermon Topic Incarnation

Sermon Week Fourth Sunday of Advent Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 1:23


Two boys, ages eight and ten, were terribly mischevious, sometimes out of control -- so much so that whenever some mischief occurred at school or in the neighborhood, the boys' parents would assume, often correctly, that their two sons were involved. All their disciplinary efforts having failed, the parents were at their wits' end. Then the mother heard that the newest clergyman in town had a history of success in dealing with kids who were always getting into trouble. He agreed to speak with the boys -- one at a time. When the eight-year-old walked in, the frowning clergyman sat him down and said sternly, "Where is God?" No answer. Again, he said in an even sterner tone, "Where is God?" Again, no answer. So the clergyman raised his voice even louder, shook his finger in the boy's face and asked a third time, "Where is God?" Whereupon, the youngster bolted out of the room and ran to where his brother was waiting. "What happened?" asked the older boy. "We're in big trouble this time," came the reply. "God is missing and they think we did it!"

In today's Gospel Lesson -- Matthew's account of the birth of Jesus Christ -- we read ...

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son and they will call Him Immanuel, a name which means "God-is-with-us" (Mt. 1:23).

We ponder the Mystery of the Incarnation as we prepare our hearts and minds to celebrate on Christmas Day the indescribable Gift of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Mystery of the Incarnation is at the very heart of our Christian Faith. God gave us His Son to be our Immanuel: God with us. And that is at the very essence of the Christmas Message:

GOD ISN'T MISSING. He comes to us right here on earth. He comes to us right here in the midst of our joys and sorrows, our ups and downs, our good times and bad, our problems and our concerns. And if ever you should feel that God is absent, in your life, you're in big trouble, not because He isn't there [...]

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