Immanuel

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.'" (Matthew 1:23).

 

Immanuel.

God with us.

First to Mary. Then to Joseph.

First to the Jews. Then to all of us.

God with us.

Here on earth.

 

Imagine it.

God in the form of a baby.

On Christmas morn.

He gives up his rights.

Gives up his privileges.

Gives up his glory.

Becomes a servant.

So that we would know love.

So that we would know grace.

So that we would be found.

And not forgotten.

 

The promise of God being with us is found through the Bible.

When God delivered Israel out of Egypt He promised that he would be with them.

A pillar of cloud by day. A pillar of fire by night.

God with his people.

Leading them.

Guiding them.

Through the wilderness.

 

Then came the Tabernacle.

God was in the Tabernacle. It was his dwelling place.

And the Tabernacle was in the midst of the people.

Through the Tabernacle the people found healing.

Renewal. Freedom from sin.

Life with God.

And God in the midst

Of life.

 

First the Tabernacle.

Then the Temple.

And now Jesus.

With us.

Forever.

 

No matter where we go.

No matter what we have done.

He is there.

Loving us.

Rescuing us.

Saving us.

With us.

With you.

Forever.

 

This is the promise of Immanuel.