Christmas Eve Service, December 24: Seen and Unseen
Sunday, December 27th: Expected and Unexpected
Matthew 1:22-23 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
My kids used to love those I SPY books–pouring over the photographs searching for objects that were present but not readily seen. The truth be told, I probably liked them just as much as they did!
It is interesting how something can be present and visible, but not seen. Scripture has a way of doing that too! Have you ever come across a verse where you suddenly see something that you’ve never seen before, but it has always been there?
Matthew is doing just that as he writes about the arrival of Jesus. In the section where he writes about Joseph’s quandary and the angel’s solution to his dilemma, he tucks within the narrative a quote from the prophet Isaiah.
This quote from Isaiah was spoken and written some 700 years prior to Jesus’ arrival. It has always been there, it has always been visible, however, now it is seen!
Now, it is seen in a baby, wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. This is the fulfillment of Immanuel, “God with us”!
“God with us” is seen and unseen.
Visible and present, but not always seen.
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