Immanuel Remembering 9/11

You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news On      September 11, 2001. Neither will I. 

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke-filled room with a man who called his wife to say ‘Good-Bye.’ I held his fingers steady as he  dialed. I gave him the peace to say, ‘Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK. I am ready to go.’

I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and   as she realized he wasn’t coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. ‘I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!’ I said. ‘Of course, I will show you the way home – only believe in Me now.’

I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the  injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock  in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their faith has saved them.

I was in Texas, Virginia, California, Michigan, Afghanistan. I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name – though not all know Me. Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor. Some sought Me with their last breath. Some couldn’t hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames; ‘Come to Me… this way… take my hand.’ Some chose, for the final time, to ignore  Me.  But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day. You may not know  why, but I do. However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me? Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are ‘ready to go.’ I will be in the stairwell of your final moments

The author is listed “Unknown” but these words still bring tears to my eyes and quite sure many others when we remember the tragedy that occurred sixteen years ago.

I was in Nebraska, sitting on the peak of a roof that day when the news came down sixteen years ago. Although some fifteen hundred miles away, I remember the shock it sent through our small town. I still remember the loss and catastrophe it caused in our small town of a population less than three thousand (3,000).

A similarity between then and the years in between comes the same question when a tragedy strikes, “Where was God?”

The simple answer as stated in the featured opening would be “God with us”.  This translated is Immanuel.

We have found eleven scriptures that support our theory of Immanuel – God with us:

  1. God with us, Matthew 1:23
  2. Immanuel, Isaiah 7:14
  3. I am with you, I will not leave you, Genesis 28:15
  4. My presence shall go with you, Exodus 33:14
  5. Lord is with us, Numbers 14:9
  6. God is with us, 2 Chronicles 13:12
  7. Is with us, Psalms 46:7
  8. I am with you, Haggai 2:4
  9. My dwelling among you, walk among you, you shall be my people, Leviticus 26:11-12, and finally
  10. God is among men, dwell among them, be his people, God Himself will be among them, Revelation 21;3

The end of Psalms 46:7 ends with the word “Selah”.  The word “Selah” is defined as a Hebrew word that has been found at the ending of verses in Psalms and has been interpreted as an instruction calling for a break in the singing of the Psalm or it may mean “forever.”

Many names

Throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament Jesus was given many names just like we all have names we use for people we know and love. Your wife you might call hun, dear love or a good friend might have a nick name or like I do sometimes “Hey bud” or “Good day young man. Well Jesus had many names as well.

Isaiah: “His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”,  Isaiah 9:6

Luke: “shall be called the Son of the Highest”, Luke 1:32

Luke: “son of God”, Luke 1:35

Jeremiah: Righteousness or Yahweh, Jeremiah 23:5-6

Thousand years ago, names had a known meaning while today they are just for identification purposes. None of these titles was Jesus’ actual name, but these were descriptions people would use to refer to Him forever. Immanuel was one of them and that was designed as God is with us.

If you believe there is Hope.

Hope is defined by Webster dictionary as “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen”. Two scripture readings of many that show we need to have hope:

  • Romans 12:12
  • Jeremiah 29:11

Now let’s look at the scriptures pertaining to “God with Us” starting with “God walked with us”:

God Walked With Us

God started his journey with us as he was born to Mary & Joseph. Because of Mary, Jesus was human but as well through the miracle of God Jesus was divine. Some great scriptures to support “God’s walk with us”

  • John 10:30
  • John 14:9 
  • 2 Peter 1:16
  • Romans 3:23

In Spirit God’s With Us

No matter where you are, we know God is with you living the same experiences you are living. The Lord is always listening to our prayers. Some scripture that support this:

  • Isaiah 41:10
  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Matthew 28:20
  • John 14:3

God with Us No Matter Where

Back when Jesus was born, many people including shepherds to the wise men all came to see the baby Jesus and pay their respects. Today, people come to see Jesus to be saved or to receive their salvation such as:         

“Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved”,   Romans 10:13

It’s time that you did accept Jesus as your Savior because he was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, was persecuted & crucified, nailed to a cross and left to die, and rose again on the third day to sit at the right hand of the Father. What more do you need to make that choice.

I think that at this point we have proven that God is always with us. He was humble enough to do all the above, don’t you think that you should do something in return. The scriptures listed below says that you should:

  • Matthew 11:28
  • John 6:37
  • John 3:16
  • Romans 5:1 
  • Romans 6:23
  • Romans 10:13

So as we are remembering the memories of 9/11 sixteen years later, would this not be a good time to give your life to Jesus. I think it is while you have time to enjoy your new life. You have heard of people who say they are turning over a new leaf, well asking Jesus into your life is better than turning over a new leaf.

So, what is holding you back;

  • Galatians 3:26
  • Romans 10:9
  • Romans 5:8
  • Acts 16:31  
  • John 6:37
  • Romans 10:13

Matthew 28:20

Isaiah 41:10

No matter where you are, we know God is with you living the same experiences you are living. The Lord is always listening to our prayers. Some scripture that support this:

In Spirit God’s With Us

Is there something in your life that preventing you from giving yourself to Jesus? We have all been there and trust me the results are better when you do give your life to Jesus.

Scared? Guess what so was I when I walked forward.

Don’t want to join this church? Although some churches do require you to come forth to join, it’s not mandatory that you join the church that you accept Jesus in. Matter of fact you can accept Jesus anywhere. I have led people to Jesus at a ball diamond and a park.One last reason to give your life to Jesus “Immanuel” God with us!

Let us pray

 

(Some comments taken from an article published by Pastor Stephen Felker but have been modified in one way or the other.)

 

 

 

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