Christmas has arrived and we celebrate the reality of Emmanuel – God with us. Frankly, I can scarcely fathom the depth of His love. Imagine a love so compelling, so passionate, so unfailing that it motivated Him to clothe Himself in humanity and take up residence on earth.
Yes, God became man and moved into the neighborhood. He became like us in every way, excluding the sinful part, because He values us and yearns for relationship with us. His actions cut the chains of sin and its destructive, deadly influence in our lives.
We’re forgiven and free! We need no longer fear death, for it’s now merely the door through which we must pass to reach home. We need no longer be held captive to addictions or to a painful, shame-filled past. We need no longer struggle with those lousy attitudes and behaviors that complicate our lives. Instead, we’re free to embrace life as fully as God intended and to aspire to His highest purposes and plans. Is that bliss, or what?
As you celebrate the season, take a moment to think about these words, found in Zephaniah 3:17: “For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” And here’s a song you’ll enjoy as you rejoice over the truth of Emmanuel–God with us.
Ponder what God’s presence means to you this season, my friend. And celebrate with joy!