San Francisco Christmas Day Service: Immanuel, God With Us
The San Francisco Chapel had a Christmas Day service with great joy and thankfulness. Reverend Tzeng delivered the message with the title "Immanuel, God with us" from Matthew 1:18-25.
Matthew says that all have human fathers, but Jesus was born of the Holy Spirit and in the early church, believers were questioned about this passage all the time in regards to the nature of Jesus. He is fully man and fully God, and this understanding was important in setting the basis of Christology for the early church and foundation of Christianity.
We could never become God, so that is why God had to become man, God's son stepped down from his throne in heaven came to this earth and became a man, and so in Jesus, who is fully God and fully man we might have a relationship with God, that is what Christmas Day is; the coming of Jesus so that we have a relationship with God.
Because we were the sinners who couldn't have a relationship with God, Jesus made it possible for us sinners to be restored. When we were sinners, there was no way for us to go to God. There is this infinite chasm between the human and the divine. But Jesus saved us from that sin to have a relationship with God. Jesus is the mediator and the one who truly brought us back to God. We couldn't do it on our own, no matter what we tried to do, we couldn't go to God. Our own insufficiencies, our own imperfections, our own sins were never able to go to God.
Immanuel means God is with us. The infinite creator stepped down through eternal history to a special moment in time through His son Jesus Christ on that Christmas Day. The meaning of Christmas is the joy in that relationship between the Creator God and us.
After the service, all members gathered together and had a group photo. This Christmas retreat brought the renewal of each attendee's hearts and they were filled with the Holy Spirit. With this renewal, San Francisco Church hopes to work powerfully for the Kingdom of God.