God With Us

by APC on December 25, 2019

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 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 1:21–23, KJV).

The prophet foretold of a child who would be born. The Holy Ghost would overshadow the virgin, Mary, and she would be found with child. The Lord of Glory, would wrap Himself in flesh to come and dwell among His creation. His purpose? To save us from our sins and to be Emmanuel, God with us. He would be our Emmanuel at His birth, the 33 and a half years He walked upon this earth, and as the Spirit that now lives within us.

The reason for this Christmas holiday, is to recognize and celebrate Emmanuel, our Father who is forever with us. So, today, as gifts are unwrapped, and bows tossed aside, remember the greatest gift given this Christmas is Jesus: God with us. As you pose for family photos, including everyone inside the frame, make room for Jesus and remember He is with you.

As the meal is shared and prayers spoken, speak them in the name of the One who is with you. As the Scriptures are shared, take a moment to worship, reflect, and feel the presence that surrounds you.

However you gather to celebrate Christmas today—with friends, family, strangers, or sojourners—remember God is with you. We serve an ever-living, ever-loving, ever-present God. He’s here with us today, tomorrow, and always. Enjoy your Christmas celebrating Jesus and knowing He is Emmanuel.