What a sweet sight He makes lying in a stable, this Babe of Christmas.
He is cuddly and precious, and He fits well in our tidy box of who we think He is and who we want Him to be. It is comfortable for us to think of Jesus, the Baby of Mary. After all, His birth is the reason for the season. Many of us do not want to think about Him beyond this.
Of course, there is Easter where Jesus died on a cruel cross. Many of us acknowledge this. And many of us accept that He came to die for our sins and to be raised from the dead on the third day. Many of us even believe He ascended to Heaven to be seated with the Father. These facts are acknowledged along with His birth.
Jesus did come to be our Savior, but many of us stop with that. There is so much more!
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.~Isaiah 7:14 NASB
Many years before Jesus’ birth, Isaiah foretold this and said He would be called Immanuel, which means God is with Us. Jesus did not just come to be our Savior; He came to dwell in us as our Lord, through the Holy Spirit. He is our helper, our sustainer, our protector, and our provider. Jesus is our healer, full of mercy and grace. He especially is our love. He is most assuredly God with Us.
Charles Wesley said it so well in his song, O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing: “Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease; ‘tis music in the sinner’s ears, ‘tis life, and health, and peace.”
Jesus is Immanuel, indeed.
In what ways is Jesus Immanuel to you?
Father God, thank You for the gift of Your Son, our Immanuel. Help me to share Your Son’s life story with others.
In the holy Name of Jesus, Amen.
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