“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
This week’s song, “Celebrate the Day,” by Relient K is one of my all-time favorite Christmas jams. I’m one of those weird people who can listen to Christmas music at any time of the year. It just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
This verse from Matthew gives me the same feeling. God with us. Three little words that carry so much meaning.
The thought that God would desire to be with us is simply too much for my tiny brain to handle. And yet, that’s what happened, isn’t it? God came down to this earth in the form of a human. And not just any human form, mind you. But as a tiny, helpless baby.
Could there be a more humble way for an eternal, omnipotent King to enter this world? I don’t believe so. He desired to be with us. And so He humbled Himself to be born as a child so that in the fullness of time, He could redeem us from our sins and unite us for all eternity with the Father.
God with us. Can you believe that Christ came to this wretched world? That He would allow our unholy hands to touch His holiness? That He would allow our sinful hearts to beat in unison with His? That He would allow our ungodly eyes to behold His face? He came to this earth for us. And after His death & resurrection, He allowed His Spirit to reside WITHIN us. God with us.
From before the beginning of time to the end of the ages, Immanuel.
From the first beat of our heart to our final breath, Immanuel.
From dawn till dusk, Immanuel.
God with us.
And even in the times we fall, Immanuel.
Even in the midst of our greatest failures, Immanuel.
Despite the sinful, evil hearts we harbor within our chests, Immanuel.
God with us.
Today and everyday, we celebrate Immanuel.
He came, in the most humble of ways, with the most selfless purpose, for the most terrible people. He came, to rescue His most treasured possession by submitting Himself to the most degrading, torturous death at the hands of that very treasure He sought to save.
I have no doubt…
The first time that He opened His eyes, He knew He would be my Savior.
At the first breath that left His lips, He knew that He would change the world forever.
Today, we celebrate the day that Christ came to this earth in the most humble of ways to save us. We celebrate the day that Immanuel came to this world to be with us. Today, we celebrate the hope that we have in Him – a hope that will never fade, spoil, or perish.
He made a way for us to be with Him for all eternity simply because He loves us.
God with us.