Reverend, Daeil Min
There is a beautiful quote that I wanted to share with you, which shares the sacrificial nature of the incarnation of Christ. We often only think of Christ's sacrifice on the cross, but His sacrificial giving started years before the cross!
"The Life came down, that He might be slain; the Bread came down, that He might hunger; the Way came down, that He might be wearied in the way; the Fountain came down, that He might thirst." – Augustine of Hippo
The Bible tells us in Isaiah 7:14 (NIV ) "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel."
As you may know, the name Immanuel means "God with us." While there are many names Jesus has, I think this one reflects the heart of God and the Son more than most. God wanted to show us what God's perfect love was like, so God sent God's only begotten Son to be "with us."
It's wonderful to know that not only is God "with us," but in addition, God is "for us"! The fact that Jesus came down to be with us in all our difficulties, burdens, trials, and victories indicates He is for us!
While Jesus was here on this earth, Jesus would go through things that you and I also go through, but He did so in perfect harmony with the Father. He was tempted like we are. He was hungry and thirsty like we are from time to time. He was rejected like you and me, yet He stayed on track to the cross and, ultimately the tomb and resurrection. Finally, then, He ascended to the throne in heaven, where He intercedes on our behalf.
Hebrews 4:15-16 (NIV ) "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weakness- es, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
During this beautiful time of year called "Christmas," I pray that we, as a church family, always remember that this season is all about Jesus! When we do that as a church, it will be no stretch to believe that families will do the same.
Aren't you glad the LIFE came down?
Join us for services during this season and into the New Year!
Blessings in Christ,
Rev. Dale Min, pastor