I hope this message finds you well. The weather here in Virginia has been quite unpredictable, with warm and balmy days followed by blustery and cold ones! I find great fulfillment in serving at my local church, where I’ve been a member for three decades. Serving brings immense joy to my heart, and for the past twenty years, I’ve held the role of choir director, among other responsibilities. As the season unfolds, we minister songs that resonate with the time of year. One song we sing every year is Norman Hutchins’ Emmanuel.
Emmanuel was the selection for this past Sunday, but one of our powerhouse sopranos who leads the song was unusually absent, leaving me to sing lead! And I am not a powerhouse soprano, or a powerhouse anything for that matter! I am, however, always ready to fill in when needed. All I can say is I did my best!
But singing those lyrics on Sunday, set the tone for my CHRISTmas celebration!
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,”which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23
Emmanuel (also spelled Immanuel) means God with us! This truly is the meaning of CHRISTmas. Christ fully embodies God the Father. He is holy, and divine. His ways and thoughts are higher than what we are able to comprehend. And He came to be with us!
He is fully transcendent, yet immanent! He exists beyond and above what we can comprehend, yet he is present and involved in the lives of His children!
When we were without hope, Jesus came! God with us!
When we needed a Savior, Jesus came! God with us!
When we were lost, Jesus came! God with us!
When we were in darkness, Jesus came! God with us!
When we needed grace, Jesus came! God with us!
When our souls longed for redemption, Jesus came! God with us!
Jesus stepped down into our situation to become the ultimate sacrifice for sin and to reconcile us to God. A matchless King, left His glorious throne in Heaven to dwell among sinners. Those who would receive Him, those who would reject Him, even those who would crucify Him. He came to us. He came for us.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
The promise of Emmanuel–God with us–remains today.
In our greatest, messiest, or most heartbreaking moments, God is with us. He is not absent or indifferent in our suffering. He is there, closer than you can even imagine. His presence is unwavering, providing comfort and strength in the midst of our deepest struggles.
This CHRISTmas, let’s remember the promise of Emmanuel. God is with us. He came to give us life abundantly and eternally. When He ascended, the Holy Spirit came to dwell within us. God with us, God within us! He is with us, and He promises to never leave us or forsake us.
Embrace the promise of Emmanuel. Cling to it for dear life, because it is life!
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If you missed Week One, here it is: Celebrate the Savior
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
Your friend in the journey,
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