Emmanuel God is with us

As a mom, I never want my children to feel alone. I can’t be in three places at once. I can’t go with my kids to school, or to a friend’s house, and I can’t comfort them in their sleep. There are many places I can’t go to. That’s why I am so thankful that Emmanuel God is with us! He can go everywhere with my kids. He can comfort them when I’m not around.

This week, we continue the blog series about the names of God.

Summer Marrero Cordón shares her thoughts on Emmanuel God is with us.

Summer is a wife and a stay-at-home mom. Summer’s passion is to make the true Gospel known. You can learn more about Summer on her website or in her Bio at the end of this post.

Emmanuel God is with us

As I write this, it’s long past Christmastime. I have put away all the glittery decorations and the joyful tunes of the holiday season are no longer lingering in the air.

It’s been two thousand years since that first Christmas when the Savior was born and was called Emmanuel, but many have wondered over the centuries “Is God still with us?”.

What is the significance of the name Emmanuel?

The meaning of the name Emmanuel God is with us. It was a name given to the prophesied Messiah in 

  • Isaiah 7:14 (ESV)“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel 
  • Matthew 1:23 the narrator reminds the reader of the prophecy in Isaiah: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel

Through the virgin birth, God gifted man with His only Son, who was also God. It was the first time God stepped into time for an extended stay and dwelt among humans. He didn’t arrive in all his glory. He arrived quietly, and humbly.

This is truly astounding. The significance of the name Emmanuel should give us all goosebumps.  

The holy, eternal God of the universe came down and chose to live among evil men.  

He came to save us from the consequences of our sin and offer us eternal life because “God so loved the world” (John 3:16).

“By the light of nature we see God as God above us, by the light of the law we see him as God against us, but by the light of the Gospel we see him as Emmanuel, God is with us.”  

Matthew Henry

A picture of an adult hand holding a child's hand. At the bottom of the picture are the words: Discover who God is. Emmanuel God is with us. One Determined life

Why is the name Emmanuel important?

In Old Testament times the visible manifestation of the presence of God was called Shekinah or the Shekinah Glory of God.  

We see God’s presence first in the Garden of Eden where God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day.  

After the fall, God’s presence could only be found between the cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant, when the Law was given to Moses on the mountain and when the people of Israel were led in the wilderness by a cloud by day and pillar of fire by night.

Shekinah means “dwelling or abiding”.   

So, when we read in John 1:14 about how “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” we see the importance of the name Emmanuel.

When God became man in the incarnation of Jesus, it meant that God chose a path of redemption for sinful man in the most personal way possible.  

Jesus, in veiled glory, fully God and fully man, dwelled among us with the goal to become sin for us on the cross, so that we could become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21).

But it wasn’t just about the cross. Jesus experienced every type of suffering and temptation we suffer today. 

For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 2:18

They rejected Jesus

Not only was Jesus tempted, but He was rejected and ridiculed

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.

Isaiah 53:3 ESV

For God to dwell among us meant to suffer the things we suffer, to feel the pain of loss. 

It also means He treasured close friendships and felt compassion for those where were sick and for the hungry.  

His divine sight saw through human eyes the hearts of those wandering in spiritual darkness, and he wept.

Imagine being the woman at the well (John 4), or Zacchaeus the tax collector (Luke 19), or the rich young ruler (Matthew 19) for a moment.  Sinners having a personal conversation with the God of all creation.  That’s us.  And that’s our Emmanuel.

In the book, God Came Near**, Max Lucado wrote, “There is not a hint of one person who was afraid to draw near [Jesus]. There were those who mocked him. There were those who were envious of him. There were those who misunderstood him. There were those who revered him. But there was not one person who considered him too holy, too divine, or too celestial to touch. There was not one person who was reluctant to approach him for fear of being rejected. Remember that. Remember.”

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Emmanuel – God with us – is important because in the incarnation of Christ we get a foretaste of eternity with Him.  It’s what God wanted all along:  To walk with us in the cool of the day for all eternity.

Emmanuel God is with us today

Before Jesus was arrested and began his journey to the cross, He made a promise to His disciples.  You see, his disciples, after being with Jesus every day for nearly three years, were troubled by the knowledge that Jesus would leave them.  He comforted them by promising to send a Comforter, a Counselor, a Helper.  

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

John 14:16-18

That promise was for all believers. 

God is with us because he indwells us through his Holy Spirit, whose role is to teach us, convict us of sin. He comforts and guides us, helps us in our weakness, and intercedes for us.

God has promised that

I hope you’re encouraged today that Emmanuel God is with us. He is with you now and forever. Share your thoughts in the comments.

Jesus is the Vine

I am not a gardener. I actually kill plants when I try to grow them. So, when I read portions of the bible that talk about farming, I have little to relate it to. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the Vine; we are the branches and God is the vinedresser.

Today, I am so exited to have Elaine Willis as a guest blogger. She does an amazing job of breaking these 3 parts down and relating these truths to our lives today.

To learn more about Elaine, you can find her online here, or you can read her bio at the end of the blog post.

Jesus is the Vine

“I am the True Vine.” Jesus speaks these words at the opening of John chapter 15. His earthly ministry is coming to a close. He is mere hours away from the cross. So, what was so important about this message that He saved it until this moment?

Jesus is the Master Teacher, and He chose his subject and timing well.  

“I AM” was a name the Jewish people knew well. They knew Jesus was affirming His deity by using it.  

Vines were a common picture for the nation of Israel. They were also an agrarian society, so vineyards and vinedressers made for an accessible object lesson. (In education, they call this scaffolding — using a student’s prior knowledge to teach a new concept.) 

Jesus also picked a time when the disciples were feeling anxious and when He was preparing them for his physical absence. He leaves them with this phrase, “I am the vine,” knowing that they will be reminded often of this life-giving truth.

Let’s open up our Bibles to John 15 and read about Jesus being the True Vine & how that affects our lives today.

Jesus is the Vine

Even if you didn’t grow up near a vineyard, I’m sure a very clear picture forms in your mind as you read Jesus’ words.  

We all know the basic idea of how a vine works. One large central branch is rooted in the soil and spreads out into smaller branches that bear the fruit. Even with the simplicity of the picture, let’s not miss the beautiful truths that are here.

A picture of a vineyard that is full of ripe grapes ready to be harvested. At the top of the picture are the words: One Determined Life, Jesus is The Vine

A) Jesus is The Vine: our Life Source

The vine connects the branches to the nourishment of the roots.  A branch apart from the vine will not have that constant stream of the nutrients needed for it to live.

Jesus is the Creator & Sustainer of all life. So, to see Him as this True Vine, giving us life, is not a stretch.  It is His breath in our lungs. He is the One who lives in us.

“For by Him all things were created, in heaven and in earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

B) The Vine is Secure

Think back to that picture of a vine. It is the only part of that plant that reaches the ground and is connected to the roots. No matter what type of weather comes along, this vine stays firm through it all. The branches may sway, but they are held fast by the vine.

Spiritual storms may come and threaten to upend everything you hold dear. But the One who holds you fast will never be shaken, and you are safe in Him. (For more encouragement about withering the storms of life, please read my blog post here.)

  • “Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

The Father is the Vinedresser

Next, we meet the Vinedresser. He examines the branches of the Vine to see which are fruitful and which are not.

A) The Vinedresser Takes Away

Branches that aren’t bearing fruit are cut away.

Even with my less than stellar gardening experience, this seems like it makes sense. A branch is supposed to bear fruit, so if it’s not doing what it is created to do, it should be cut off.

These dead branches can be dangerous. I’m sitting here listening as dead branches are falling on my roof after being covered in ice during a winter storm. They are falling with quite a bit of force, and I know they could do some serious damage if they fell in certain spots.  

Dead branches also impede the growth of healthy branches. So, as they are taken away, the fruitful branches have more room to grow.

In verse 6, Jesus expands on this and says that these branches are “thrown into the fire, and burned.”  

These branches were never truly connected to the vine in the first place.  Maybe they outwardly followed the crowd, but the life of Christ was never in them.

B) The Vinedresser Prunes

Even fruit-bearing branches need to be cut back so that they can keep on bearing.

I think back to when my Grandma taught me to cut back her azalea bushes wherever I saw a flower so that they would bloom even better the next year.

In her Bible study Finding I Am**, Lysa TerKeurst says, “Wait a second, what? The branch was bearing fruit! So, why on earth does it get pruned?” 

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She jokes that maybe there should be some sort of cheerful encouragement to that fruit-bearing branch. But, obviously, God knows best. He is not pruning to be cruel or vengeful.  He is pruning to encourage more fruit to grow from our lives.

We are the Branches

Finally, let’s take a look at the branches. There they are, connected to the Vine, pruned by the Vinedresser.

A) The Branches Abide in the Vine

As long as a branch stays connected to the vine, the branch has access to the nutrients and life that flow from the vine. The branch just has to stay connected. Basically, it has to stay right where it is! 

Does it grow? 

Sure! But it remains fastened to the life-giving vine.

Jesus instructs us to “abide” in Him and His love.  

How do we abide?

Reading His word, hearing it taught by wise, Godly men and women, connecting with and serving in a local Church body or bible study group. You can listen to theologically rich hymns and worship songs, prayer, and obey His word—these are marks of an abiding Christian.  

I’m not trying to give you a checklist of requirements. (Don’t we all love checklists!) I’m trying to point you toward what you already know.

What you have already seen in this very passage. Connecting to the very heartbeat of our Savior, the Vine!

B) The Branches Bear Fruit

Fruit is the ultimate purpose of the branch. We’ve already seen what happens to the branch without fruit. But branches also don’t bear fruit by themselves or for themselves. They must be attached to the vine to bear fruit and they bear fruit for the vinedresser.

Growing up, I remember many Sunday school lessons & songs about the Fruit of the Spirit where the emphasis was on my effort to grow fruit.  

Looking at this passage, it’s almost laughable to think of a branch straining to bear fruit on its own. It simply doesn’t have the power to do so. It is not enough on its own. And neither are we. We must abide in Jesus to bear fruit.

A branch also doesn’t get to enjoy the fruit. The fruit is not for the branch. As Christians, we do not bear fruit for our own glory. We bear fruit to bring glory to God.

  • “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” (John 15:8)

Jesus is the Vine: How this affects us today

  • It was a message of HOPE: Jesus knew that these men and women who followed Him would feel hopeless as they watched Him die. I don’t think I can even imagine the darkness and despair they faced over those next few days. Yet, they had these words. “I am the True Vine… Abide in Me.” In verses 15-16, Jesus calls them His friends and tells them that He “chose” and “appointed” them to bear fruit. All is not lost – they (and we) have a purpose in Christ! Just as the Disciples reached for this hope, we too have the same Living Hope! (More on hope can be found here!)
  • It was a message of LOVE: “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Abide in my love” (v.9) We abide in His love by obeying His commands. (v.10) His command is to love one another. (v.12) And He has set the example by loving us all the way to the cross. (v. 13) “These things I command you, so that you will love one another.” (v.17)
  • It was a message of PEACE: Jesus called on His disciples to abide. No matter what lies ahead, just abide in Him. If you read through all of His teaching that happened on this last night with them, you will see how He is calming their fears and encouraging their hearts. Their only chance to find peace in the middle of the oncoming storm would be to stay connected to the Vine. With this message, Jesus takes all the burden off of us & places it squarely on His shoulders.
  • It was a message of JOY: “These things have I spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (v.11)  True, lasting, soul-satisfying joy can only be found in Jesus. Abiding in Him and obeying His commands fills our hearts with the type of joy that no circumstance can steal away. When the branch is connected to the Vine, it has all it needs to live a full, fruit-bearing life.

As we read through this passage together and dug into the truths, I hope you have found comfort and hope in knowing that we are not in this alone. 

We have the True Vine anchoring us, nurturing us, and causing us to grow and bear fruit.

I want to leave you with a song that has been playing in my head throughout the writing of this post — “He Will Hold Me Fast.” I hope it points your heart to Jesus, the True Vine, today!

Jesus is the Vine, In the comments below, share how you stay connected to Jesus The Vine.

Jesus is The Way

Driving with my mom is always an adventure. We often get lost and have to turn around or find another route. As a Christian, God always knows where I am going because Jesus is The Way. He is the one who brings us to salvation and to a walk with Him.

To continue my blogging series about the names of God, I am happy to share a post written by Annie McGuire.

Annie McGuire is the writer behind Daily His Disciple, where she encourages women to walk in the wisdom of God’s word daily. You can connect with Annie on her website, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Jesus is The Way

I was 29 years old when I first heard the now-familiar saying of Jesus that he is the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6) Before that point, I didn’t know that Jesus was the Son of God and the only way to heaven.  I thought you had to be a good person to get there. I did not know what it truly meant to be a Christian.

But when I heard the gospel, my heart was shattered over my sinfulness. My eyes were opened to my depravity before a holy God. My will was broken and I yielded to the One who created me, loved me, and died for me. 

What a glorious day that was!

Here I am, thirteen years later, still amazed at the grace and mercy of God. I love to talk about Jesus and share who He is according to his word. That is why I jumped at the chance to write this post on Jesus is “The Way”.

Jesus is the Way to Fulfillment

Jesus is the way… the way to what? 

Well among other things, Jesus is the way to freedom and fulfillment. I can think of no better truth to tell today than that. 

It’s a message this sin-stricken world desperately needs to hear, even if they don’t really want to listen.

The devil has deceived so many people into thinking that living however they want, setting their own standards, and embracing whatever feels good, is freedom. 

But in actuality, they’re slaves to sin, destined for hell.

They need to know that Jesus is the way to freedom from sin, shame, condemnation, and fear. 

And that Jesus is the way to happiness, contentment, and satisfaction. 

  • Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:6 KJV

A picture of an empty road heading towards the mountains in the background. At the top of the picture are the words: One Determined Life, Jesus is The Way.

Jesus is the Way to Freedom

John 8:36 KJV – If the Son, therefore, shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Believers have been made free from the bondage of sin, but we don’t always live like it. 

Sometimes we willingly put the cuffs back on and walk back into the prison cell of habitual sin. 

We deceive ourselves into thinking that we’re not hurting anyone, or that no one will know. But we can’t hide from God because he’s everywhere and sees everything.

Some common sin struggles for women today are things like:

  • Envy
  • Covetousness
  • Gossip
  • Over-indulgence
  • Self-focus
  • Worry

If you find yourself shackled to one of these or something else, I urge you to get sober-minded about that sin. 

Confess it to God, repent, memorize scripture for that issue, and recite it when you are tempted to step into the snare Satan has set for you. 

Jesus made you free to serve Him and others, but not to serve your flesh.

Yield and Follow

Freedom feels good, doesn’t it? 

Yet, so often we find ourselves trading that lasting peace for the momentary satisfaction of our flesh.

Galatians 5:16 tells us that when we walk in the Spirit, we won’t fulfill the lusts of the flesh. So how do we do that? 

Here are the 5 C’s to help us walk in the Spirit:

  1. Cling to Jesus. Abide in Him. (John 15:1-8, 1John 1:3-7, Colossians 2:6-7, 1John 2:6, 24-28)
  2. Connect with Jesus. Read the Bible, learn from Him. Meditate on who He is, what He has done, and who you are in Him. (Matthew 11:28-30, John 1:1-5, 10-14)
  3. Cleanse your heart. Repent of sin. (2Corinthians 7:1, James 4:8, 1John 1:8-9)
  4. Cast your cares. Pray. (Philippians 4:6-7, 1Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22, Psalm 37:5)
  5. Choose to yield to the Spirit instead of the flesh. Obey. (Romans chapter 6, Romans 12:1-2, 1Corinthians 6:19-20)

Walking in the Spirit is a moment-by-moment decision to follow Jesus.

  • Romans 6:12 KJV -Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

We know Jesus is the way, but…

Some of us have a hard time walking in the Spirit because we spend more time on social media than we do in the word of God.

Or we just worry about everything instead of giving it to the Lord in prayer. And some of us don’t walk in the Spirit because we’re just plain stubborn and rebellious and want to do things our own way. 

Entertainment isn’t life-giving. Worrying isn’t healthy. 

Defiance is dangerous. Trust me, I know.

I understand how difficult it is to follow through on what you know to be good and right and true. 

For instance, I have chronic pain and illness, so I’m on a strict anti-inflammatory diet. I know what I should be eating, and what benefits my physical health. But my flesh lusts after pizza, Chinese, and fast food. Sometimes I give in to those cravings, and while it tastes good in the moment, I always regret it later.

Junk in = feeling junky.

When I’m mindful to ingest what nourishes my body, I feel so much better, and I’m able to serve the Lord, my family, and other women more actively. Mindfulness is key. So is discipline. That’s true with our physical, mental, and spiritual health. 

God’s ways may seem restrictive at times, but He is omniscient (all-knowing), and omnibenevolent (all-loving), so we can trust that He has our best interests in mind. 

His ways are higher than our ways, and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

God wants us to love Him, love others, minister to those around us, and make disciples. 

The only way we can effectively do what we’re called to do is if we are operating in the power of the Spirit of God. 

When we are, we have the fruit of love, joy, peace, and so much more, evident in our lives. (Galatians 5:22-23)

  • John 8:31-32 KJV – Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Sin and shame have no more power over the one who has surrendered to Jesus.

Annie McGuire

Jesus is the Way to Fulfillment

The world tells us that there are many ways to feel satisfied. But there is only one way to fulfillment, and that is in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the way to contentment because he is the fullness of God. 

He alone meets our every need and satisfies the deep longings of our souls. 

There’s no pill, plaque, position, or person that can complete us or give us permanent satisfaction. 

Only Jesus can do that!

  • Colossians 2:9-10 KJV – For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.

Jesus is worth it

When Jesus transforms us, He gives us a new sense of meaning. 

To love God and bring Him glory becomes our chief end. 

The more we pursue that purpose, the more fulfilled we feel. 

Attempting to find fulfillment in our spouse, children, job, or ministry only leaves us feeling discontent and disillusioned with life.

It’s easy to slip off track and lose focus on Jesus and the way he wants us to live or the direction he wants us to go in. 

That’s why we have to stay in the word and in prayer, seeking His face and surrendering our lives continually to his lordship. We can’t listen to the world, the flesh, or the devil when they tempt us to go our own way. (1John 2:15-17)

It may not be the most comfortable way, but Jesus is the way to fulfillment that matters for eternity, and following him is totally worth it.

Tell people Jesus is the Way

In these troublesome times in which we live people are burdened by fear, weighed down by worries, and desperate for hope.

They’re in bondage to sin, searching for happiness, striving for significance, and feeling discouraged and depressed.

They need the Good News, that everything they’re seeking is found in the person of Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. 

Someone loved you and me enough to let us know about the Son of God and Savior of the world. Let’s be faithful stewards of the gospel and tell someone today that Jesus is the way to have freedom and fulfillment.

  • 1 Peter 3:15 KJV – But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.

In the comments below, share how God has directed you in your life.

Behold The Lamb of God

When John the Baptist saw Jesus, He said: Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He presents Jesus to us so that we may know that He is the one we have been waiting for.

This post is part of the blogging series about the names of God.

Nita Wilkinson wrote this post. She is the founder and board member of Gifts with Grace, a ministry for women facing trauma who feel they have no voice. To learn more about Nita, you can find her on her blog, on social media, or you can read her bio at the end of this post.

The Lamb of God

We know the story well. God spoke the universe into existence, and He made it all good. He added humanity in His own image, caretakers of the land and sea, and it was all very good. Later, God rests, pleased with His week’s work. 

Those made in God’s image are truly living their best life. Let’s look at Adam and Eve’s home. They lived in a beautiful and comfortable home, hanging out with God. They had the best food, and all their needs were met.

Did you catch that?

God met ALL their needs.

God asked for just one thing from them in return; they are to be fruitful and multiply and not eat from only one tree. How could anything go wrong?

The Fall

Eve was distracted for just a moment by a serpent. His question went straight to her humanity, and sin entered the world. God and man are now separated. 

Thankfully, our loving and merciful God already had a plan in place to fix the brokenness of His world.

He made this promise to Adam and Eve;

So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.

Genesis 3:14-15

God has set His redemption plan in motion, a strategy that brings His people the Lamb of God. 

A picture of a white lamb looking straight at the camera. Above the picture are the words: Discover who God is, Behold The Lamb of God, One Determined life.

God’s Judgement over Sin

Humanity continues on its moral decline until God is heartbroken that He even made man. He floods the earth of all the evil, saving only the righteous, Noah and his family. 

By flooding the earth, God showed that He does have a limit to how much sin He allows.

The world is now cleansed, and God has issued a new promise that He will never flood the entire earth again. He paints the rainbow in the sky as a reminder of this covenant. 

Calling a Nation

God is ready to set apart His people.

He reaches out to Abram with the promise to make him a great nation with descendants as numerous as the stars. He just needs to head out to a place yet to be determined. 

Many years later, Abram, now Abraham, is blessed with a son, Isaac. God asks Abraham to take Isaac up to the mountains to sacrifice him. Once again, Abraham is obedient. 

Isaac brings the necessary wood and asks where the lamb is for the sacrifice. Abraham tells him the Lord will provide the lamb. 

God needs a perfect sacrifice, which Abraham believes will be Isaac, but the Angel of the Lord stopped him just in time. God provides the necessary ram, a shadow of The Lamb to come. (Genesis 22:6-14)

Click here to learn more about the similarities between Isaac and Jesus.

The Law

Generations have passed, and God’s nation, Israel, is preparing to go to the land promised to Abraham.

Before they can enter, God has some precise rules that will set them apart from the rest of humanity. 

Among these rules are sacrifices and offerings that always require an animal, perfect and without blemish. The blood of the animals is to atone for the sins of Israel.

“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.”

Leviticus 17:11

Behold The Lamb of God

Woven throughout the Old Testament is a scarlet thread of redemption that will fix God’s connection with Adam and Eve broken in Eden.

Humanity would need a permanent sacrifice to spend eternity walking with God in the perfect garden. 

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

Isaiah 53:7

Jesus left His throne in heaven to humbly come to earth as a baby. This baby grew into a man who lived a perfect life of service.

He faced the same temptations as His sheep but was not distracted by the world.

He went on to be mocked, humiliated and crucified on a cross.

This sacrifice will last through eternity for those who choose to put their faith in Him. 

The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

John 1:29

The redemption plan is complete. The world is still bruised, but the serpent’s head is about to be crushed.

The day is near where we will once again walk with God in that idyllic Garden. 

Revelation 5:11-13

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!”

 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, forever and ever!”

What is your response?

Throughout the Bible, we see how people respond to God and His call on their lives.

Abraham was called to sacrifice his son, and John was called to prepare the way for Jesus.

What is your response to Jesus?

In the comments below, share your thoughts on The Lamb of God.

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