DIG for Tuesday the 6th of December…..Emmanuel, God with us…..Matthew 1 v 23

In this passage in Matthew we read about a name given to Jesus, one of the most wonderful names in the whole of Scripture.

He is called Emmanuel, which means God with us.

This comes from the Hebrew word Immanuel which literally means ‘with us is God’.

This is one of the most amazing truths of the Christian faith that God in the shape of Jesus came to earth as a man.

The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (John 1 v 14).

Jesus, the agent of Creation and a full part of the Godhead, came in human flesh to the world that He made.

This is just astounding; that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords came in a frail body to His earth.

There is nothing like this in all of religion, and this is not surprising as true Christianity is not a religion it is a relationship.

We are in relationship with Almighty God because of the birth, death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.

Religion is reaching out to a God, but true Christianity is a relationship we can have because God has already reached out to man.

He did this when Jesus came to earth, bring the Father’s goodwill to men (Luke 2 v 14).

You can enjoy that relationship today by simply trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that Jesus came to earth, thank you that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us”.

Matthew 1 v 23…..Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us


DIG for Monday the 5th of December…..it is also good not to speak sometime…..Luke 1 v 22


Yesterday I wrote about the power of the words of Mary, indeed the power of all our words.

There is another example of this earlier in the gospel of Luke.

When Zacharias was told that his wife was going to have a son he did not believe it.

He was told that he would not be able to speak until the things he had been told had come to pass (Luke 1 v 20).

Why did this happen?

It happened so that Zacharias would not speak out his doubt and unbelief and put a stop to what was going to happen.

You see our words are very important.

The words of Mary put her into the midst of the plan and purpose of God.

Zacharias obviously did not believe and was not allowed to speak out doubt and unbelief.

Our words have the same effect, we can put ourselves into the plan and purpose God has for us or we can remove ourselves.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue; this is a verse we should all know very well.

Mary spoke out the truth and it happened, Zacharias stayed quiet so that it would be possible to happen.

We need to think carefully about what we say, and yes, sometimes we should just keep quiet.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the truth that death and life are in the power of MY tongue”.

Luke 1 v 22…..And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless