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His Name Shall Be Immanuel

A Letter from Cheryl Barnes, serving in Malawi

December 2020

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Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son and shall name him Immanuel. -Isaiah 7:14

The Word of God has a guarantee; what is written by divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit will never return void. When we read the Word, we must understand that the truth of God will stand regardless of what is happening in the world.

God’s plan for humanity was that God would send a redeemer, and Jesus appeared. When the fullness of time had come, God sent God’s only Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem us from the law. Through Christ, we have received adoption as children of God, we are no longer slaves to sin, but we are joint heirs with Jesus Christ.

Heavenly light in a manger. Photo by Burkay Canatar from Pexels

Isaiah tells us that his name is Immanuel, God with us.

In this time of uncertainty, one thing remains sure, and that is the Word of God. In this season, we are required to embrace righteousness, holiness, morality, and justice as we prepare for God’s return. More than ever before, we should embrace loving one another. This is how we honor the Christ child this is how we celebrate his birth, remembering that our redeemer who has come once, will come again.

My deepest appreciation to all of you for your generosity in giving, which allows me to share in the witness of Christ in the world, to the people of Malawi.

Merry Christmas.

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