God With Y’all

The coming of Jesus fulfills the prophecy written by Isaiah: “Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.”  Later, Matthew’s gospel tells us what this strange name means: God with us.

 

The name of God’s son indicates plurality.  It’s “God with us”, not “God with me.”  Sure, God wants and has a relationship with each of His children individually.  The equal truth is that He came to dwell within a community of His followers, as part of relationships of humans who put God at the center.  As an anaology, He refers to Himself as the head of a body comprised of many members.

 

We see this principle throughout the Bible, where the word “you” most often signifies a group, rather than a solitary believer.  It’s like that phrase we use in the south – “y’all.”

 

Observation and experience reveal that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to be a spiritual lone ranger. And the reason is that disciples going solo were never God’s intention.  He came to be with “us.”

 

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