Matthew 1:21-23 (NIV)
21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
23 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”
Immanuel, “God with us”.
Our Theme for this Christmas is “God For Us”. When we pause to think about what this means it brings thankfulness and wonder to our minds. This past week we were trying to explain to one of the children about Jesus, and he was amazed. He looked at me and said, “Wait a minute, you mean Jesus made the world, and yet Jesus wasn’t born yet.”
It made me smile, because I realized he was just getting a glimpse into the complexity of who Christ really is. John tells begins his Gospel by telling us that Jesus is the light of the world, but that those of us in this world often don’t recognize him. We need the veil of darkness taken away, so that we can see the hope of God love, peace, and joy.
Jesus, God in Flesh, is the meaning of love. He who was in the perfection of heaven, left to come down and live among us.
There is a T.V. show on called Undercover Boss. The concept of this and all “Prince and the Pauper” stories are found in the reality of Jesus. The only thing is that Jesus left the Corporate office to work in the lowest jobs in the world. Then those in Management, who couldn’t see how he was trying to help, not only removed him but had him killed.
The reason Jesus left heaven to come to this sinful and imperfect earth, was that God loves us enough to walk among us and wants a relationship with us. The only way for us to have a relationship to a perfect God, who is so far beyond us in our sinfulness, is for Him to reach out to us. The only way to truly reach out to us was to come and be among us, to live like us, and to redeem us. He came not for the religious elite, or the kings and leaders. Instead, he came for the sinful, the average, the outcast, the hopeless, the unlovable, the hopeless and helpless.
This Christmas join in the journey of knowing Jesus, who is “God with us”. Hopefully you will realize the love of God, who came in Jesus, really the one who has always been “God for us”.