“BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.” (Matthew 1:23 NASB).
For the next few days until Christmas, I would like to focus on various aspects of what makes the First Advent of Jesus so important and special. Sadly, I am finding this a hard commitment to make because there is a lot happening in the news and in politics that just screams out for comment. For instance, I find this kerfuffle over Mike Huckabee's Christmas message and the supposed subliminal messages in it ludicrous. Oh, well. I'll let everyone else fight about that today. Let's focus on the Savior.
Did you ever stop to think about the enormity of those words, "God with us?" When you look at most religions, God (or the gods) is a shadowy, unknowable figure. That probably delights the Emergent Church folks, whose bodies release endorphins whenever they contemplate how much they can't know for certain. But the God of the Bible is different.
Throughout human history, God has revealed Himself to His creation. Sometimes in direct manifestation, sometimes through the words of chosen prophets, and through His written Word. The writer of Hebrews points to the final word in Christ . . . in these last days [God] has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world (Hebrews 1:2).
Not only has God spoken to us in His Son, but His Son willingly took on human form, was born among us as a babe in a lowly manger, grew up, lived among us and suffered all the ignominious things that come with being clothed in human flesh. He ministered among His people for three years, finally dying on the cross for our sins, and rising again from the dead for our justification . . . the Creator Himself -- God with us.
As the wonderful hymn says, "Hallelujah, what a Savior!"