God Has Returned (Immanuel)

An odd thought for us:  Ancient Hebrews believed that God had abandoned them at the time of Exile.  Israel waited for centuries for God’s return.  An Angel announced that Mary’s child, Jesus, is “from the Holy Spirit.”  Matthew explains, “call him Immanuel (which means ‘God with us)” [Matt. 1:20-23].  God returned! This is the meaning of Christmas. 

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