Emmanuel – The God-man

 

 

A. References: Genesis 3:1-24; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2

 

B. Key Scripture: Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) 
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

 

C. Lesson Outline:
1. A Child is Born 
2. A Son is Given Luke 2:25-52;

 

D. Lesson Application
The first two statements of our key scripture, as espoused by the prophet Isaiah, represent two “Fundamentals of the Christian Faith”:
1. The virgin birth of Christ; and
2. The Deity of Christ.

 

Together they represent the concept of the God-man as embodied in the name Emmanuel.

 

The first indication that a child would be born as part of God’s salvation plan was given in Genesis 3:15
as the seed of the woman that would bruise the head of the serpent (Satan). 

 

The first sign that this child would be born to a virgin is presented in Isaiah 7:14. 

 

The fulfilment of this promise is given in Matthew 1:18-25 which expands the concept of the virgin birth
to include a narrative of the conception of the child to show the work of the Holy Spirit at conception.

 

This takes the discussion from being merely about a virgin girl giving birth - a thing which in itself would not only be frowned on by the Jewish society, but would expose Mary to stoning - to one referred to as the “Immaculate Conception”.

 

The declaration by the angels in Luke 2:11 was that the babe in the manger was “Christ the Lord”. 

 

Confirmation of this was given by Simeon (verses 25-35) and Anna, a prophetess (verses 36-38). 
Jesus reminded his parents of his true purpose in verses 42-50.

 

God confirmed Jesus as His son in a public declaration, at his baptism by John in the Jordan River in Matthew 3:13-17,
and again in Matthew 17:1-5, at the transfiguration of Jesus.

 

These acknowledgements by God, Jesus’ own confirmations of his pedigree and the declarations by prophets over the years establishes his deity and confirms the “Christmas Story” as the fulfilment of the Genesis 3:15 and Isaiah 7:14 prophesies.

 

The promised seed of the woman was born to a virgin girl and declared the Son of God. 
Come let us adore Him as Christ the Lord.

 

By: Alyson G. Forte