What a sweet sight He makes lying in a stable, this Babe of Christmas. He is Immanuel–God with us.
He is cuddly and precious and fits well in our tidy box of who we think He is and want Him to be. After all, His birth is the reason for the Christmas season. But many of us do not think about Him beyond this.
Of course, there is Easter, where we focus on Jesus dying on a cruel cross. Many of us acknowledge 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 and is seated with the Father.
Jesus did come to be our Savior, but there is 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–God with us. Jesus did not just come to be our Savior. He came to dwell in us as our Lord through the Holy Spirit’s presence. He is our helper, sustainer, protector, provider, and healer. Jesus is full of mercy and grace. He especially is our love.
Charles Wesley said it so well in his song, “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing.” Jesus’ name deals with our fears and causes our sorrows to cease. His name gives life, 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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