Once again, my friend/little sister Hannah (aka – Vivacious Hannah) has put together a YouTube video on her channel that addresses this same mystery of Emmanuel – God With Us. You can watch her video here: YouTube – Vivacious Hannah: Emmanuel – God With Us
“So the Master is going to give you a sign anyway. Watch for this: A girl who is presently a virgin will get pregnant. She’ll bear a son and name him Immanuel (God-With-Us).” – Isaiah 7:14 MSG
God with us…To many, that sounds like a too-good-to-be-true scenario, especially in a world gone crazy. And yet, here we are at Christmas – the season where we celebrate the man named Jesus who claimed to be the Son of God.
For many of us, God often seems to be distant, aloof, and absent. God being “with us” is foreign to us, especially when our lives are spiraling out of control. How could God be in the midst of such chaos, yet not make His presence known with fireworks, a parade, and a grand celebration?
In my own spiritual journey, God has rarely “felt” near. No, I’m probably not supposed to admit that, but whatever. The longer I live, the more I realize how deceptive it is to rely upon our feelings, for how we feel does not determine what is true.
If you would amuse me, toss your reliance upon feelings aside for a moment and consider this:
What if this Jesus really is “God With Us?” Wouldn’t that change EVERYTHING?
“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” – John 1:14 MSG
“The Word – Jesus – became flesh and blood.” What a fascinating, yet almost terrifying thought…The perfect, eternal God walking among fallen creatures who rejected Him…
“The Life-Light was the real thing: Every person entering Life he brings into Light. He was in the world, the world was there through him, and yet the world didn’t even notice. He came to his own people, but they didn’t want him. But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves. These are the God-begotten, not blood-begotten, not flesh-begotten, not sex-begotten.” – John 1:9-13 MSG
“He came to his own people, but they didn’t want him.” If Jesus truly was Who He claimed to be, this must have ripped His heart right out…
God created us.
We chose to turn away from Him.
God steps into our world to redeem us.
We reject Him once more…
Yet, even so, the following words from John speak such great hope and life to those who have ears to hear:
“But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.”
This Christmas, I would like to ask you: what do you make of this Jesus? I believe that He came to redeem us and bring us life. If that is true, then no matter your past, Jesus came to redeem you, as well. What will you choose to do with Emmanuel?