Scripture Reading: Matthew 1:21-23
In 1929, Frigyes Karinthy wrote a short story entitled “Chains,” which uses fictional characters to demonstrate that social networks shrink as population grows. His story influenced a theory called “six degrees of separation,” which states that “a friend of a friend” can be connected to any other person using six or fewer personal acquaintances.
Likewise, we can know people who know God, or we can be a people who know God ourselves. God knew our need to know Him personally and he provided a solution: “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins . . . and they shall call his name Immanuel, which means God with us.” (Matthew 1:21, 23)
God wants to be close to us; He wants us to know Him personally. So He sent His Son to be born in human form. Philippians 2:8 says, “And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Prayer: “Lord Jesus, we recognize and are thankful that You were born to die to save us from our sins, and that You did this so that we might know You firsthand. We acknowledge that through You only, we make a direct connection to God the Father, that You be glorified in us. Use us to share Your truth with our friends and friends of friends. Amen.”
by David Tippens
“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”