God With Us

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

Being a kid at Christmastime was great. No matter how bad things were often one visit from good old Santa could fix it all. Bad behavior? No problem, "Santa is watching so you'd better be good." Didn't get what you wanted for your birthday? No problem, write it down on your list and Santa will bring it. Parents tell you they can't afford what you want? No problem Santa's budget is limitless, what with all the free labor and all.

Ah, the good old days. Wouldn't it be great if it was still that way? It's a bit different as adults. Our problems are bigger. Sometimes seemingly impossible. Insurmountable. Often they just can't be solved with a quick gift or even a visit from Santa. (Gasp!) (Although, wives everywhere still attest that flowers, chocolates, and jewelry still fix a number of issues).

God saw that. He looked down on the world, looked down on us, and saw our helpless state. He knew even Santa couldn't help. So He sent someone better.

Christmas is not simply the story of a birth, but the coming of Good into our lives. Immanuel. God with us.

Christmas is the story of God coming to us, to be with us.

Sometimes we're tempted to think God doesn't like us. Or is mad at us. If life isn't going the way we though it should, it's because God is angry at us. But Christmas reminds us. God love you. He came to be with you. He came so you could be with Him.

God wants to be with you. And not just on Sundays or when you've been especially good. In our good times, and even in our bad times. God wants to be with you. In your mistakes. In your misery, in your despair, in your loneliness. When no one else understands. When the doctor can't fix it. When the promotion you thought would make it all better doesn't fix it. When finally landing that person, the one you thought, "If I just have them everything will be better," can't fix it. When having another kid doesn't fix it. When even Santa can't fix it. God wants to be with you.

Immanuel. God with us. God. With. Us. God with you.

Christmas is the celebration of God coming to us. God chasing us down to be with us.

In Christmas we remember and celebrate that God is not far off. He's not someone we have to chase down to find. He chased us down! He is here. With us.