EMMANUEL

In his book, God Came Near, Max Lucado describes the reality of the incarnation. The Word really did become flesh, which can makes us a bit uncomfortable when we consider the implications of that. Lucado writes,

The omnipotent, in one instant, made himself breakable. He who had been spirit became pierce-able. He who was larger than the universe became an embryo. And he who sustains the world with a word chose to be dependent upon the nourishment of a young girl. God as a fetus. Holiness sleeping in a womb. The creator of life being created. God was given eyebrows, elbows, two kidneys, and a spleen. He stretched against the walls and floated in the amniotic fluid of his mother. God came near.”

Isaiah prophesied of Christ’s coming to King Ahaz in Isaiah 7:14:

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son,and  will call him Immanuel.”

 

DELIVERER

 

This served as a sign to the rebellious and stubborn King, that God would deliverer His people. Joseph was given this same assurance when the angel Gabriel quoted Isaiah.  In the midst of Joseph’s urge to flee and not deal with the repercussions of Mary’s pregnancy, the angel assured him this was God’s plan for deliverance.  

 

HOPE

 

The mystery, wonder and hope of the virgin birth still resonates today. In the midst of so much uncertainty and fear, we are given this hope of a better day through Emmanuel, God with Us. We find peace in knowing that Jesus really knows what we feel and experience because He went through it himself. He experienced pain, rejection, fear. He also experienced joy, laughter and rich relationships. Knowing that my Savior is not a far off idea or just a “good man” that did “good things,” but is truly God in the flesh, and is now seated at the right hand of God — glorified, righteous and reigning — brings me great joy and peace. But most of all, hope for tomorrow.  

May this season be filled with the power and presence of Emmanuel in your family!