In Others’ Words: Immanuel


“If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: God with us.” ~John F. MacArthur, writer & minister


“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”– which means, “God with us.”

(Matthew 1:23 NIV)

“Immanuel” is one of my favorite words in the whole Bible.

Here’s my other favorite word: reconcile (or reconciling, reconciliation … any version of the word.) God is all about reconciliation, which means to make an enemy a friend. And that all started with Immanuel, God with us.

“For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them.”

(2 Corinthians 5:19 a NLT)

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a most Happy New Year! I am taking a break from posting until Monday, January 2, 2011. I’m looking forward to spending focused time with my family and friends.

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  1. December 16, 2011, 4:16 am   /  Reply

    Such beautiful truth in such a small babe.

    Merry Christmas, Beth!

  2. December 16, 2011, 6:12 am   /  Reply

    Well said, and God bless you with Christmas and New Year’s blessings and wonderful family time.

  3. December 16, 2011, 6:43 am   /  Reply

    Love the encouraging words and love that photo! Thanks for being such an encourager. Blessings to you and your family Beth. Enjoy the break! See ya next year!

  4. Jeanne T
    December 16, 2011, 7:09 am   /  Reply

    Two wonderful words, Beth. One of my favorite reassurances is God’s promise in Hebrews that He will never leave us or forsake us. “God with us.” Always and forever. Reconciliation–I’d be miserable without His willingness to offer reconciliation to me.

    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Years, Beth!

  5. December 16, 2011, 7:12 am   /  Reply

    In praying the alphabet I always is Immanuel.

    Blessing to you and I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  6. December 16, 2011, 7:35 am   /  Reply

    I’m breaking, too and I so see why that is one of your favorite words!

    Amen & Merry Christmas!
    ~ Wendy

  7. Patti Mallett
    December 16, 2011, 8:03 am   /  Reply


    Merry Christmas, Beth! See you in the New Year.

  8. December 16, 2011, 8:31 am   /  Reply

    Wishing you a blessed celebration of Christmas, Beth!

  9. December 16, 2011, 9:00 am   /  Reply

    Have a Merry Christmas!! 🙂

  10. Loree Huebner
    December 16, 2011, 10:31 am   /  Reply

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  11. December 16, 2011, 10:42 am   /  Reply

    The most valuable gift: How can anything compare to reconcilliation? Without it, nothing else matters. Thank you for the lovely words & reminder. Have a beautiful, blessed time with loved ones and a very Merry Christmas!!

  12. Beth Vogt
    December 16, 2011, 11:53 am   /  Reply

    I appreciate all of the Christmas wishes!
    I appreciate each of you.

  13. December 16, 2011, 2:09 pm   /  Reply

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and I’ll read you in 2012.

  14. December 19, 2011, 7:07 am   /  Reply

    Beautiful! Have a Merry Christmas to you and yours, Beth!

  15. December 30, 2011, 12:29 am   /  Reply

    Happy new year, and I’m embarrassed to say, but I thanked you over on the mbtponderers blog instead of here: blame it on doing everything by association rather than (necessarily) sense.

    Put it on the no longer a rookie post.

    Peace to you.

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