Epistles to the Cyberchurch - Su Min

To: All
From: Su Min
Subject: Emmanuel

Dearly Beloved
How great is the love the Father has lavished upon us, that we should be called the children of God. And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it does not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is (1 John 3:1-2).

What a wonderful promise! What a wonderful God!

Today we continue with the rest of Chapter 1 in "The Gospel according to Saint Matthew" as the book is entitled in the King James Version.

Verse 18 plainly describes that this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. His mother, betrothed to marry Joseph, was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. There are two major accounts of this event recorded for us in the bible, one here in Matthew, and the second in Luke 2:1-6. Read together, and with the leading up passages and subsequent passages, they allow us to piece together the events that we traditionally recall every Christmas: Bethlehem, the angels, the shepherds, the wise men, the star, the manger, the Holy Child.

The immaculate conception is predicted to Mary by the angel Gabriel when her elderly cousin Elizabeth (?60 years old) was 6 months pregnant (Luke 1:35). But how?

The angel's answer speaks to Mary and to the modern sceptic equally clearly: Nothing is impossible with God (Luke 2:37).

If God can create heaven and earth and all that is on the earth, all that is in the air and all that is in the sea and all that is under it, and if God can create the sun and the moon and the stars, if God can create Adam and Eve, surely the immaculate conception is a miracle that he can wrought if he so chooses. Some critics allege that that Mary was impregnated by a human, whether Joseph or another person, and the tale was made up as a cover up story. Controversy also covers the death and resurrection of Jesus. You are to say "his disciples came during the night and stole him away while he was asleep" (Matt 28:13).

The bible records that it happened as it says. We as Christians accept these truths as fundamental. They are stated as truths in the word of God, and the Word of God does not lie. Indeed if only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Cor 15:19-20).

Isaiah had more to say of this child: We praise God for fulfilling this promise.

Let us close in prayer.

Su Min

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