My favourite Christmas-related word is Immanuel (or Emmanuel, depending on the translation you’re reading), which means “God with us.” Some people make the mistake of thinking it means “God is with us”—a statement that is true, of course, but has a slightly different meaning.
When Jesus Christ was born, He was God…with us. I love that! It reminds me that not only is God always with us in spirit, but in the person of Jesus He was also with us in physical form. Jesus was and is God. He came and dwelt among us here on earth, participating in the journey of human life as we know it. Yes, God is the eternal, infinite creator of the universe who is too great for our minds and eyes to be able to handle. And yet He is familiar with even the tiniest aspects of our lives.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” – Isaiah 7:14
I pray that, as you prepare for your Christmas celebrations, you will reflect on and be encouraged by thoughts of Immanuel. Jesus is God…with you. ♥