Behold, The virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name "Immanuel," which translated means,
"God With Us."
God With Us. God is not far away from us but with us, desiring to be close, so close that He sent His Son in the form of a man to be "with us." An act of humility and an act of love directly from the God of the universe. We did not beg for His attention nor did we attempt to ingratiate ourselves into His good graces. God initiated contact with us, with all of the human race. (Philippians 2:8) He entered the sinful world we chose to be part of without reservation, knowing His entrance into this world, would inevitably mean suffering. The God of the universe, perfect in every way, entered this world willingly, knowing He would suffer greatly for me and for you.
The Word Became Flesh
God Desires That We Seek Him. He came and dwelt among us. (John 1:14) God desires a personal relationship with us; He is not a God who is aloof from our pain and sorrow. God longs to be part of His creation so much that He came to dwell among us. He longs for us to long for Him! (See Acts 17:26-27) He is near, He is not far from us. Do we seek Him or do we settle for second best? It is easy to grab a quick bite to eat in the morning along with a quick anecdote from a devotional or even a sermon illustration and not go deeper into the Word of God. We often settle for "drive by devotions" or anecdotes. Are we missing God's best and in essence, missing His heart which longs to be "with us"? We can have the closeness we long for with God and experience the closeness with Him that He designed from the beginning. Have we put ourselves in a position to know Him better this Christmas?
The Hope of Christmas is the Heart of God who longs to be with us and know us!
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