Today’s post is written for the link-up at Five Minute Friday, where the word of the week is with.
“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 New King James Version (NKJV)
In that simple phrase, “God with us”, can be found the entire message of not only Christmas, but the whole Bible.
The Christmas story is unique in that the God of the universe chose to take on frail human flesh to live a life of love to reach us.
He did not sit on a throne of judgement, counting all of our short-comings against us; he doesn’t require us to reach a certain standard before he will accept or love us.
He came to us as a helpless infant, grew up in our skin, and showed us the way to live to find true life.
He made himself the solution to our need.
He came to us.
God with us.
Whatever you are facing this Christmas, take time to be still and reflect on what Christmas means to you.
Have peace knowing that someone cares for you enough that he came to you. You can trust him with your hopes, fears, joy and pain.
Perhaps the story is best told by a simple and familiar young voice:
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
Love has come. Peace is here.
God with us.