God With Us

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matthew 1:23


I can’t think of three more meaningful words: GOD WITH US!

That is what this Season is all about, but it has been turned upside down and the Lord is all but forgotten amongst the hustle and bustle. Santa Claus has taken center stage. Presents and parties are on people’s minds. But JESUS is the Reason for the Season.

I have a treasured picture form a Christmas presentation in which I held the “J” for JESUS. This was the Christmas we spent in Canada, at the church where God called me into missionary service. I had a vision of Jesus surrounded by children the color of boys and girls in South America, and he asked me if I would go to tell them of his love. I answered a joyous “yes” to the call. And I have dedicated my life to bring the Gospel to boys and girls. And that’s what I’m doing now, spending my retiree years publishing lessons and stories about JESUS.

Canada 1955 xmas

Both Joseph and Mary were instructed to give Immanuel the name Jesus, because “he will save his people from their sins” (see Matthew 1:21 & Luke 1:31).

Immanuel = God with us

Keep those three words in the front of your mind (not in the back) and let the Holy Spirit speak to your heart about the great wonder of the Christmas story.

Here are some more wonderful names of our Savior:

Wonderful Counselor
Mighty God
Everlasting Father
Prince of Peace

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.

He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6,7)

May you rejoice abundantly in celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior!


About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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