How God becomes present with humanity through Jesus, the Messiah.
- God becomes present through divine and human agency.
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
- God becomes present to bring us salvation.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
- God becomes present to fulfill Old Testament promises.
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
Live It Out
- We enter God’s presence through Jesus Christ.
- We are to be faithfully present to Jesus in this world.
- We meet the presence of Jesus in Communion.