Matthew 1:23 “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
It is appropriate for Christians to joyously celebrate Jesus’ birth, the amazing anniversary of ‘God with us.’ He arrived humbly on that Bethlehem night to be with us. Our amazing Saviour – Emmanuel – was born into our sin-filled world that first Christmas Day to redeem those who put their full faith in Him. What a marvelous gift to humanity!
While it is amazing that upon His birth He was ‘God with us,’ it is equally miraculous that God is with us today. He is with us when we pray; He is with us when we witness; He is with us when we work; He is with us when we study; He is with us when we fellowship; He is with us when we minister; He is with us when we labor. He is with us when we stumble, struggle, and succeed.
He is with us as we strive against the secular forces of American culture. He is with us even as we find it more difficult to recognize the nation’s Christian foundation. Emmanuel, as His name suggests, is with us always.
PLEASE PRAY THAT CHRISTIANS WOULD CLING TO GOD’S CONTINUOUS PRESENCE. God is with us, and Jesus’ birth should remind us not just of that miraculous day in Bethlehem, but of His miraculous daily presence. Both give us hope, even in the darkest of circumstances.
Please see this previous post for President Reagan’s 1981 Christmas Eve message: http://prayatlunch.us/made-flesh/
Please see this previous post for thoughts on the humility of our Saviour’s birth: http://prayatlunch.us/likeness-of-men/