Immanuel. This single word describes the miracle and the beauty of what we celebrate at Christmas. God with us. The very Creator of the world and everything in it with us. Becoming fully human and yet still remaining completely God, He came to be with us.
Us. The ones who intentionally sinned against Him. The ones who dishonored Him. The ones who replaced Him with others. The ones who broke fellowship with Him. The ones who deserve nothing but eternal separation from Him. Us. God with us.
Think about that choice. Think of the sacrifice. Think of the humility.
And He did this why? One word. Love. Not because we loved Him, but because He loved us. And He loved us that much. Not because He had to. But because He wanted to. And He took a step further. He didn’t just come to be with us. But He then paid the ultimate price so that we could be with Him forever.
What will we give in return for that beautiful, marvelous, costly gift? What can we give Him? Our hearts. Our love. Our everything.
Immanuel. God with us. May this picture remain with you as you celebrate this week. Have a blessed and merry Christmas!