“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23
This is part 2 of 2. You can read part 1 here.
When her father heard what had happened to his daughter, he was devastated, but not hopeless. He always knew something like this could happen, so he’d made a plan. He would not leave his beloved daughter in the clutches of the deceiving one, but the only way to rescue his daughter was to become a created one.
The deceiving one thought he was so bright. His conceit blinded him from comprehending anything that involved love or self-sacrifice. So, he could never imagine a way for the father to rescue his daughter. In his mind, his trap was airtight, and he thought he had forever foiled the father’s righteous influence over creation.
Being willing to do absolutely anything for his daughter, the father initiated his plan. He determined to do the unimaginable. He lowered himself from position and authority and came into creation as a created one. As he walked among other created ones, he always looked for his beloved daughter. He longed to be reunited with her.
One day as he was walking along, he saw a trap. He walked over to it, expecting to see a suffering animal; instead what he saw took his breath away.
There was a rustling from above. She didn’t even bother to look up. It had been a lifetime. She had called out for help. She had cried tears of grief…sorrow…loneliness. And now her heart was hard, dark and numb. There was no use in trying – what had her life become? Her life was over. She was only waiting, wishing for her body to die like her spirit had so long ago.
The rustling continued, and a face peered down into the darkness. A voice called out. It was HIS voice. She had long forgotten the sound of it, but its tone, its love; its authority sparked something within her. Finally, she looked up, and when she saw his eyes, she knew! It was him, but how could it be?
She wanted to look away because of the shame, the guilt, and the stupidity…but the love flowing from his eyes drew her closer. His hand reached down and grasped her; he pulled her up and embraced her. He had rescued her!
She realized he’d left his throne and made himself one of her kind just so he could find her.
He gave her what she didn’t deserve.
He resurrected her spirit.
And he washed her filth away.
But the most significant thing of all is he promised they would never endure separation again. They would live together forever.
Would you share with me:
How do you feel to be rescued from the snare of the deceiving one?
What happened when you were the most hopeless?
What is your life like now that you’ve been rescued?
What does it mean to you to have Immanuel – God with us – in your life?