Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people. Luke 1:68
Immanuel: God is with us—God came to us. What a staggering thought. It is really the essence of the Christian faith and the Christian life.
All other religious ideologies essentially tell you that you must do something: Do this, and you will find inner peace. Do this, and you will reach nirvana…. Do this, and maybe you will make it to heaven.
But Christianity says it is done—done for you at the Cross, paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ. Being a Christian is not merely following a creed; it is having Christ himself live in you and through you, giving you the strength to be the man or woman He has called you to be.
Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you. Always, even to the end of the age” and “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” The message of Christmas is God with us. That is important to know, especially during those time when we are going through great difficulty.
The psalmist said, “if I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even then Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.’
It is great to know that God is with you wherever you go. The Bible never teaches that we will have problem free lives as followers of Christ. But the Bible does teach that we never will be alone. And because of that, we don’t have to be afraid.
As children of God our distinctive mark should be the absence of fear and the presence of joy. That is the message that this sin-sick world need to hear: Immanuel—God is with us.
Prayer: Thank the Lord for His ever-abiding presence and ask Him to set you free from all fear.
Scriptural Reading: Luke 1:67-80