“Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which translated means, ‘God with us.’ ” (Matthew 1:22-23)
For a few years, God walked, talked, and dwelt among us in bodily form. This was an entirely new phenomenon. Before then, God was merely a cloud of fire and whoever dared approach Him met death. But Jesus could be spoken to, seen, and touched, almost as if He were a normal human being. He seemed like an average baby to the undiscerning eye. There was no halo above His head and His parents were common folk no different from you or me. But underneath this little babe’s skin beat the heart of a Divine King.
None of Jesus’s names are as comforting as Immanuel. We can clearly see how God was with us when Christ was born, but He is with us now too. The only difference is that we can't see Him. There never has been and never will be a moment when He isn't with us. He may not dwell on earth, but He dwells in our hearts. At times we may feel as if He's left, but He hasn't. He may have have taken a few steps away, but don't worry, you're never out of His sight.
Remember this Christmas Eve that He is with us just as much as that first Christmas two thousand years ago.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
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