“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.”
– Matthew 1:23
Emmanuel. The promise of God with us.
I often wonder if we fully understand the powerful truth in that single word. The glorious promise held within that statement. Emmanuel, God with us. It was a prophetic word of truth, Jesus, God in the flesh literally walking with mankind. Can you imagine having an early morning stroll through Jerusalem with Jesus Christ beside you? Can you imagine how great it would be to have a real fish fry with the man who made them so popular?
Yet Jesus said that he must go away. In fact, he said that it was beneficial that he goes away, for then the Holy Spirit would come and dwell within us. God with us, not walking along the side of us, but within us!
The Kingdom of God is within you and I – now! This brings us a refreshing way of looking at Christmas. We all know that Christmas was the birth of Jesus, and we only pray that the truth of his birth would take precedence over the commercialized business of the season. However, his birth also introduced to us, Emmanuel – God with us.
Now, nearly two thousand years later, the Lord is still with us, through the Holy Spirit within the believer. The Kingdom of God is within you – and with the Kingdom within us we can take it to a lost and dying world.
Jesus, told us to pray “Thy Kingdom Come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven” – we can faithfully pray that expecting His will to come forth on the earth, because he is within you and I! Christ in you, Christ in me, and Christ in every believer that has accepted his salvation. This revelation of Christmas is an eye-opener once you receive it. Yes, Jesus came to die for our sins, yet Jesus also went back to the Father and sent us the Holy Spirit to dwell within us.
Emmanuel is no longer just a banner over a sales rack at Christmas time, nor is it merely a song to be caroled at the door of our neighbors. Emmanuel is now, today and everyday, for it is truly God with us. It is God within us. God being divinely shared with the world though our daily walk and our actions.
Thank you Lord for your son Jesus, and thank you Lord for your presence within us. Emmanuel – Amen!