Day 24: God with Us

Emmanuel

God is with us—God came to us. What a staggering thought!

God is with us – 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” (Matthew 28:20) and “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

The message of Christmas is God with us. That is important to know, especially during those times 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 there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me” (Psalm 139:9–10). 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.

That is the message that this sin-sick world needs to hear: Immanuel—God is with us.

Who are we, that You would be mindful of us?
What d You see that’s worth looking our way?
We are free in ways that we never should be
Sweet release from the grip of these chains.

Like hinges straining from the weight
My heart no longer can keep from singing.

All that is within me cries
For You alone be glorified
Emmanuel, God with us
My heart sings a brand new song
The debt is paid; these chains are gone
Emmanuel, God with us

Lord, You know our hearts don’t deserve Your glory
Still You show a love we cannot afford.

Such a tiny offering
Compared to Calvary
Nevertheless, we lay it at Your feet

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