Emmanuel…God with Us!

“Behold, a virgin
shall conceive and bear a son,
and His name shall be called Emmanuel,
which means…God with us.”
(Matthew 1:23)

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
full of grace and truth
(John 1:14)

God’s ways are not our ways! God chose Mary, an insignificant, simple young girl and sent an angel to announce to her that she, a virgin, would conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost and that she was to be the mother of the long-awaited Messiah! Incredible tidings to Mary. Yet she responded in faith and cried out, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” (Luke 2:46-47)

Joseph, pondered how someone as virtuous as his Mary could have been unfaithful to their betrothal. He decided to divorce her privately. But God sent him a message in a dream that he should not fear to take Mary as his wife. Upon awakening, he acted in faith and took Mary as his wife. (Luke 1:18-21)

It still takes faith today to believe in the Christmas message. For those who do believe, the Christmas message is our assurance that, in spite of all the ungodly and ugly things going on in the world about us, God was acting in His way to save the world. By putting on human flesh in the person of Jesus, God became Emmanuel, God with us, and “dwelt among us full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

Jesus Christ, went to the cross for us. He died for our sins so that the repentant heart will be forgiven and have the promise that “he who believes in Him (Jesus) shall never perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

What more wonderful news can be given to people in our day and age? Christmas, the birth of Christ, Emmanuel, God with us, all mean that your life has meaning. Your life has an eternal dimension—it points to the future. The eternal dimension in your life puts everything in a different perspective. He that has received Christ has God with him, now—and forever. Who will you tell of God’s Good News during this Christmas season?