This Christmas season I have been thinking a bit about Immanuel. Not the person, but the meaning. God with Us. This post was started a few days ago, posted, and then realizing it wasn’t quite what I wanted to say I took it back down to do some editing.
God with Us – Incredible
This whole concept of God with Us seems so incredible to me. I simply cannot fathom why God would want to be with us. Then I realize, His love for us is incredible. The Creator came to the earth He created, humbly taking on the form of His creation, so that He could live with His creatures and teach them His ways.
He did it so we could know Him. He humbled himself and bent low, stooping to save the people He created from the dust of the ground. He came to live among us and then to die for us. In our place. He was, and is, the only suitable sacrifice, the only way that justice could be served and God’s wrath could be avoided (Acts 4:12).
Jesus Christ, Immanuel, God with Us, came so that all of us could be with Him. Think about it. This is incredible. He didn’t have to do it, but love and justice compelled Him.
Even though I think I understand the reasons He came to be with us, I still think it is incredible. His love is incredible. It is something I have a hard time grasping, but not much difficulty accepting.
God so loved the world
God loved us so much, and he wants to be with us. So He came to his own, the one’s He so carefully created, but His own, that is us, refused to receive Him. Some did receive Him. Some believed, and to them He gave the right to become children of God. We weren’t born of blood, or as biological children, or because of anything we could do. Rather, He chose us, me and you, and adopted us into His family, giving us all the rights and responsibilities of sons and daughters (John 1:10-13).
To do this required that He be present. So the Word, the Creator, became flesh and lived with us. God with Us. This way we were given a glimpse of His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father. And we saw in Him, in Jesus Christ, the grace and truth of the Father.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
The joy of Christmas and the blessings of a New Year for me is the knowledge that God is with Us. It is knowing that He is with me. No matter how far away I feel like I have strayed from his loving embrace, I know He is with me.
Because He is with me there is no need to fear anything or to worry about anything. God is with me, and I need no more. He’s got this. Whatever the this is. He is by my side ready and available to meet my every need, and sometimes even my wants.
We celebrate Christmas, not only because a baby was born in a Bethlehem manger. That’s only part of the story. We celebrate because God is with Us. Immanuel has come and Christ reigns. Light has come into the dark and we have been delivered from our hopelessness, our sin and shame.
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