Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means “God is with us.” Matthew 1:23
Take a moment and read Matthew 1:18-25
It’s so easy for those words to roll off our tongues. We sanitise, even sentimentalise the birth and life of Jesus. His life was anything but sentimental. It was the greatest sacrifice and most significant life ever lived, charged with meaning, purpose, and healing that will radically change our lives, if we let it.
Mary gave birth to a life that would ultimately give us life. Significant life, full of meaning, purpose, and healing.
While most were sleeping that night, Jesus quietly entered this broken and needy world with the greatest gift of all. He brought God to man. God, perfect love, became accessible. Perfect love became tangible. Perfect love became a person who would relate to and understand mankind. Perfect love became a person who would bind up and heal our brokenness. Perfect love accepted the unacceptable, loved the unlovable, and redeemed the irredeemable.
Even before relationship between God and man was broken in the garden of Eden, there was a plan.
Perfect love had a plan. A plan to restore. A plan to reunite. A plan to love. A plan to give.
An unstoppable love for the world, He created, fused with a sacrificial obedience gave birth to reconciliation.
A way back to relationship, intimacy, communion. A way to satisfy the deepest longings of any heart. A way to experience pure, perfect love leading to a life of meaning, purpose, and healing.
Jesus sacrificed His perfect world for our imperfect one. He sacrificed His divine privileges for life as we know it. He willingly gave up everything, so that perfect love, God Himself, could be brought to a broken and needy world.
The very One who had no limitations, who had created man in His image, took on the form of a man with all its limitations and needs. Jesus gave up His home with the Father to lead us home to the Father.
Jesus brought God to man so that man could be brought to God. He revealed God’s perfect heart of love to imperfect hearts flinging the door open to restoration.“God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son.” God loved and gave so that we can receive. We receive so that we can love and give.
Whatever we faced in the past, whatever we face today or tomorrow, God is with us. He will never leave us, reject us, or cast us aside. His perfect love surrounds us and will pursue us every moment of every day. Immanuel – God with us. Outside of time, He is there where we need Him most.
The One who is perfect love is with us.
In our loneliness, Immanuel. In our hurting, Immanuel. In our confusion and frustration, Immanuel. In our not knowing, Immanuel. In our doubts, Immanuel. In our questioning, Immanuel. In our disappointments, Immanuel. In our failures, Immanuel. In our successes, Immanuel. In our pain, Immanuel. In our joy, Immanuel. In our sleeping, Immanuel. In our waking, Immanuel.
Immanuel is always there. We can never hide from His presence.
God is in us. God is with us. God is around us. Immanuel came and brought the perfect love gift – God Himself.
Immanuel gave up His place with God to give us a place in God.
God has said: “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence,The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. Hebrews 13:5-6
God doesn’t just give us a manual to cope with life. He gives us something more. He gives us Himself, Immanuel, God with us.
Immanuel, God with us, is by far the safest and most rewarding way to do life.
“You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.”