God with Us

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).” Matthew 1:23 Say it slowly: “God with us.” Say it again: “God with us.” Repeat the Hebrew equivalent: “Immanuel.” Does it have a familiar ring to it? Too familiar? I’m amazed the Incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ holds no more wonder to me than it does. When the angel announced to Mary that she would be the human vehicle by which Immanuel would enter this world, she was overcome with reverential fear and awe. The same held true for Joseph … Continue reading “God with Us”

Serving with Humility

Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5 The renowned Scottish New Testament Greek scholar, William Barclay (1907-1978), related a little story about a missionary who arrived in the Congo years ago to share the gospel of the Lord Jesus. Two missionaries had preceded this particular one and had failed miserably. The former missionaries had been members of the Baganda tribe, for which menial work was reserved for women and slaves. When the native people refused to provide food for these two missionaries, they left … Continue reading “Serving with Humility”