“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matt. 1:23
I love Christmas because of what it celebrates. The name Immanuel means “God set up his tent among us.” God saw our need and rather than being a distant landowner, he moved into our neighborhood. He could have lived in a different place or come at a different time, but he chose to come to the Middle East, to a first century Jewish family. It is hard to understand how God would leave the splendor of heaven to live in the confines of human flesh. He who spoke the world into existence didn’t come during a time of modern conveniences such as microwaves, cars, airplanes, or Amazon. Paul described the incarnation in this manner:
“he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Phil 2:7-8)
The incarnation is God’s gift to humanity. It is an expression of how much he loves us. Our prayer is you will experience God’s love and presence this Christmas Season.
Daryl Eldridge, President