One of the greatest promises of God is at the heart of Christmas. It is found in Isaiah 7:14: “All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).”
“God is with us”…Immanuel…the promised presence of God to be with His people. It began in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve when we read that God was walking in the garden looking for them. God was with them. Throughout the Old Testament we read of the promise of God to be with Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Gideon and David. It continues throughout scripture and comes to full fruition with the birth of Jesus ... Immanuel, which occurred some 700 years after the prophecy spoken through Isaiah.
God’s revelation of himself was not limited to a humble stable in a small town called Bethlehem. It continued in the life of the man who walked the shores of Galilee, who healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, raised the dead, and eventually was crucified for the sins of the world. “God is with us”…Immanuel
The Apostle John in his Gospel account tells us the story of his best friend, who was also his Savior, Jesus Christ. John wrote: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14). That is the reality of Immanuel—God taking up residence among His people.The Creator choosing to become part of the creation so that He can show them the way back to their Creator!
Jesus promised His disciples that He would not leave them alone, but that He would send the Holy Spirit to them. John records Jesus’ words: “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to BE WITH YOU forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains WITH YOU and will be IN YOU.” (John l4:16-17)
The Holy Spirit, who is the personal presence of God within us, is where we find our hope for living today.
Remember…God is with you.
Sunday - Acts 18:9-10
Monday - Isaiah 7:14
Tuesday - Revelation 21:3
Wednesday - John 14:16-17
Thursday - Matthew 28:20
Friday - John 1
Saturday - Matthew 1:22-23
Prayer: Lord, thank you for fulfilling the promise of your presence to always be with me. You have truly been with me in the hard times…the good times…all the time. I don’t want to go through life without you. I love you, Jesus. Amen
Bro. Joe Metts