The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son. Isaiah 7:14
“The gospel of Matthew gives us the meaning of the Hebrew name Immanuel: ‘God with us’ (1:23). God drew near to us through Jesus so we could know Him personally and be with Him forever. His loving presence with us is the greatest gift of all.” James Banks.
Well, as we enter December, it feels fitting we find ourselves reading a very traditional Christmas passage from the bible. It is a promise from the Old Testament (before Christ was born), that the Israelites (the promised people of God) looked to for God to make himself known amongst them. We celebrate Christmas because we thank God every year that He sent His son Jesus to dwell among us.
This is what John alludes to in his gospel when he says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-5, 14).
Jesus is God who has always been. That statement in itself is a doozy! You could spend a whole year or more contemplating that statement and the passage we just read above. Yet, some time ago, He made His home with us? Why would God do that? Why would someone who is spiritually immortal, come to live a physical mortal life? Why would God come to live with us only to die?
Jesus Christ did so because it was impossible for us as flawed human beings to make our way to Him. To reach the mountain top, to be perfect, is impossible for us. Either because of our malice, or our greed or any other sin, or because we’re broken and missing important part in our lives, we were unable to make our way to God. We would try to climb the mountain of perfection only to find it an impossible feat. We needed someone to show us the way. We needed God to come to dwell with us.
Jesus did this. He came to live with us. He paid the price for our imperfection. He took our imperfections and our sins upon himself on his death, and in exchange He gave us His perfection. It is an exchange that benefits us. It is an unfair exchange. We got everything and Jesus got our death and the wrath of God in exchange.
Let us turn in thanksgiving and faith to the one who came to earth when we couldn’t make it to Heaven. Praise to the one, who took our sin and gave us righteousness. Thank you Jesus. Thank you for your love for us that you came down to our level to lift us up!
Prayer of the Day: “Loving God, thank You for giving Yourself to me through Your life on earth, death on the cross, and resurrection. Please help me to live for You today and forever!”
Parkland Community Church:
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William ConLead Pastor
William has been the Lead Pastor of
Parkland Community Church since Nov. 2018