In this well-known prophecy of the virgin birth, Isaiah gives the name of the Son who would be born.
That name is Immanuel.
You may be aware that the name means ‘God is with us’. This verse is the first indication of God’s audacious plan to come in the flesh…as a human child. As we move past this Christmas season, we must not forget that.
Christmas is the celebration of God coming to dwell among us. Yes, eventually He would die on the cross for our sins, reconciling us with the Father.
But first, He came so that He could be with us.
Just prior to His ascension, Jesus made it clear to His disciples that though His resurrected body was leaving this earth, He would still be with us…always.
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus during this season, we are also celebrating the initiation of a new era…when God came to dwell with us throughout the remainder of eternity.
With the New Year right around the corner, realize you are not facing that New Year alone. Through the indwelling Holy Spirit, Jesus is still with us.
He remains with us because He recognizes our tremendous need of Him.
We need Him because we are created to experience His companionship and without Him, we are alone.
We need Him because we still battle with our old nature and need His help overcoming that old nature.
We need Him because He supplies us with the wisdom, knowledge, and love necessary to practice medicine in a godly fashion.
We need Him to be the One who provides comfort and care to the suffering lives we encounter.
We need Him to be the light to our path that guides us through the spiritual warfare that wages around us.
We need Him so that we can be transformed into His image.
Celebrate the fact that He has come to dwell with us and will remain with us…always!
Prayer: Lord thank You that You made the sacrifice to leave heaven and come dwell with us. Help me remember that You remain with me always.