What a Mighty God We Serve – Part One

Jesus Christ, was God with us!

That is the most profound thought ever to course across a human mind. It is the most remarkable fact in human history.

At a time when men were trying to make themselves gods, God made Himself a man.

That staggers the imagination and leaves language begging for a way to express it.

The idea of there being an all knowing, all powerful God can’t be comprehended by the human mind or contained in human thought.

We marvel over the inventive genius of mortals. Thomas Edison illumined a dark world with his invention of the electric light. Jonas Salk blessed the world in discovering a preventive for polio. Bill Gates transformed society with his computer advances. Those who have given us TV, space flight, and modern surgery hold our respect.

All combined pale in comparison to the God who spoke a universe into existence. “In the beginning God…”

There is a most profound aspect of this God. In the person of Jesus Christ He “… made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”  (Philippians 2: 7, 8)

Centuries before Christ’s birth the prophet Isaiah wrote: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)

Matthew 1: 23 tells of the fulfillment of this prophecy. He became Immanuel, “God with us.”

The God who created this universe made this the visited planet when He came to Bethlehem.

“Immanu” in Hebrew means “with us.” When “El” is associated with a Hebrew word it most often means “God.” You can hear “El” in such words as Beth-El and Isra-El. It is one of several Hebrew names for God.  Immanuel means “God with us.”

We are no longer home alone on this lonely planet.

“El” is the short title forming the root for Elohim. This is the most ancient Semitic name for God and means “the strong one.”

God is called Elohim over 2,500 times in the Old Testament.

“El” signifies unlimited power, and energy.   The second root in Elohim is Alah and signifies the one who makes a faithful covenant. Thus, Elohim is the strong one with unlimited power who makes a covenant with us. 

Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God [Elohim] created the heaven and the earth.”

We need not fear being home alone “the strong one” is with us, and He loves us. Trust Him and find comfort in His love and capacity.