There's no waiting for God to "show up"

Immanuel means "God with us." And He is. Right now.

By Dr. DAN ERICKSON

Christmas hymns, traditions and the account in Matthew remind us of the biblical name for God "Immanuel." We don't have to guess what it means because Matthew tells us:

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.

Three words: God with us. His almighty presence is in the room you're sitting in.

This isn't meant to be a mere statement of fact. It should move us to:

  • Fall on our knees in His presence
  • Seek His help and fellowship
  • Join His cause

It's easy to miss, or forget, that God is with us. Jacob missed it and said, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it."

Sometimes we say "God showed up." But technically, that's not right. He always shows up. The question is, do we?

Merry Christmas! And remember "Immanuel ... God [is] with us."
 
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