As the Christmas season begins, our hearts always turn to the Hope of Christmas: Immanuel, God with Us. How we need His hope today!
As we think about what those words mean again–Immanuel, God with Us–maybe you can imagine this prayer conversation with God. Listen to the truths, and then pray your own prayer to Him.
Immanuel, God with Us–Prophecies Foretold
Lord, prophets foretold your coming since ancient times. Hope would permeate our world through the birth of Jesus!
But how is it that a righteous God could be “with us?” We are sinful. You are holy. You are in heaven. We live on earth.
Yet the very essence of Christmas is rooted in an eternal, loving plan that brought You here to live in us, with us, and through us.
Because of Christmas, You are now “with us.” Long ago men housed Your “presence” in a tabernacle made by human hands with supernatural instructions. But Christmas ushered in Your presence here on earth, walking among us, living with us.
You no longer live in columns of clouds or pillars of fire. Your home is not confined to the walls of a tabernacle, church, or temple.
You are not just a babe of Bethlehem. Your “shekinah” glory is now “with us,” for You live in the hearts of every believer who accepts You as the true One sent from heaven: God with us. You are our Hope, our only true hope!
Immanuel, God with Us, Reveal Yourself This Christmas
This Christmas, Lord, there are those who feel forsaken. Life has been unfair. Miracles once known have faded. Scars of pain now dot their lives and their memories. They’ve lost the faith to believe.
Others bow their heads in shame, living alone and afraid. Searching for something or someone greater than themselves, they turn to gods of their own making, instead of to the God who made them.
Reveal Yourself to those who doubt. Reassure the hurting. Comfort those who are alone. You are the same God as You have always been: past, present, and forever.
What Does Immanuel, God with Us, Truly Mean?
- Restored fellowship
- Complete forgiveness
- Amazing grace!
- Never alone
All because of Jesus! Immanuel, God with us, the Hope of Christmas, we celebrate You!
“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14 NIV).
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel–which means, ‘God with us’” (Matthew 1:22-23 NIV).
It’s Your Turn
What does it mean to you to know that Jesus is Immanuel, God with Us? Why do you need His hope this Christmas? How can you share the hope He brings with others who need to know Him? I’d love to hear from you anytime. You can always write me through my contact page. Just fill out the basic name and address info, and then it will come to me. Your name or info is not shared with anyone.
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