Tag Archives: EMMANUEL

God’s Forgiveness

Holy Week

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Friday 14 April

An end! All the passion, all the love, all the incarnate love so vast. Done   to death by those who should have recognised Him simply by what he did. As you mark this Good Friday, the solemn waste of Jesus, Emmanuel and incarnate, recognise that very act that has become for you a part of God’s plan to nurture and save your very soul. Such potential spoiled by nails and thorns and beating rods and spear. Here is the heart of God’s forgiveness!

Question: What do I bring, in the silence of the very moment I read this question, what do I bring that the forgiveness of the cross can heal? Dare I leave it to die with Jesus on that cross?

 Prayer: As I listen to my own breath, help me to realise that Jesus died, His breathing ceased. His life was snuffed out by a desiring humanity who saw not God embodied in Jesus Christ. I pray for all who share Christ’s dying today, may they rest in peace.

 

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A Prayer for Closeness

Tuesday 13 December

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My own children are all grown up now, I look back and think how unprepared we were for the arrival of our children.

We read the Old Testament foretelling of Mary’s desire to have her God with her, as Isaiah wrote: “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.”

God so close he will be called Emmanuel – God with us. Look out for a pram and a baby, if you are lucky enough to have hold of one – recognise Mary’s hope.

Jesus, God with us, the answer to my feelings of isolation from God. With you close may I find your peace though my prayers and actions this day. Amen

 

Five Gold Rings

Monday 29th December 2014

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Five Gold Rings are sung to remind us of the first five books of the Old Testament, known as the Torah or the Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, which gives the history of humanity’s sinful failure and God’s response of grace in the creation of a people to be a light to the world.

Jesus.
He is here!
He is with me!
He is in me!

That is, after all, what this season is all about. He’s not just some all-powerful being out there somewhere, speaking universes into existence, holding worlds in orbit, designing the intricacies of the human body.

The obvious question is: “Why?”

What was it that drew Him here, and at such a price?

And that’s where the miracle takes place. It was me! He chose to come to this world, begin as a baby, grow up, and give up His life on the cross, rather than spend eternity without me. He loves me. It’s as simple, yet as profound as that.

Have you ever longed for someone to love you? Have you ever cried yourself to sleep at night, aching with loneliness? It doesn’t have to be that way! Emmanuel is here. He loves you with a love that cost Him everything.

“Everything.” That is your worth to God. Is it any wonder that He pursues you so relentlessly? You are so valuable to Him that He gave up His life just so He could be with you forever. His name says it all:

EMMANUEL
GOD WITH US
GOD WITH

The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church