“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign.
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
“Be broken, you peoples, and be shattered;
give ear, all you far countries;
strap on your armor and be shattered…
Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing;
speak a word, but it will not stand,
for God is with us.”
Jesus is called Immanuel. “God with us.” I want to dwell for a moment on the beautiful statement God is making here.
He didn’t come to earth and live as an outsider. Jesus didn’t distance Himself from us. He came to be with us. To reach out to those cast off by society. To heal the sick. To mend the broken. To awaken the dead. To walk alongside us, speak to us, and weep with us. To allow children to come to Him and teach us to live with faith like a child.
In Jesus, we see the heart of God. And we find Him to be filled with compassion and mercy. We realize that no matter what we have done or where we are when our Lord finds us, He is here to be our hope and to lift us out of our darkness.
The purpose in Jesus’ coming was to reconcile us to the Father. To restore the relationship broken by our sin and rebellion. As Paul writes in Colossians 1:20, “making peace by the blood of his cross.” It was costly. Much more costly than we can fathom. But He chose agony and death over our eternal separation from Him. He chose suffering so that we could know that God is with us. Always. Because in Christ, He always will be.
As Jesus was preparing to leave this earth, He told His disciples, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17). When we trust in Christ to save us, He gives us His Spirit. The Spirit of God, the Spirit of truth, to be in us and dwell with us forever. Once this relationship is restored, it is one that can never be broken. Because the power of our God is unmatched. As my brother once put it, “We have nothing to lose, because God will not let us lose Him.”
God is with us. “The true God…the living God and the everlasting King” (Jeremiah 10:10). This truth should give us all the confidence we need to face what comes our way. He is with us, working in us, acting for us, and will be faithful to fulfill His every purpose.