Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
No single life has affected the human race and it’s history as much as Jesus Christ has. He lived a short 33 years on this world and yet more lives have been impacted by Him than anyone else ever. You either love Him or you hate Him. There is no middle ground when it come to Him. Christmas is the season we celebrate His birth, but for the Christian it is a year long celebration. Everything we are and do must celebrate who He is and what He has done for us. Without Christ there is no hope for the human race.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. John 1:1-2
Christ has always existed. He was not a created being and John 1:1 makes this very clear. He is the Living Word, without beginning and without end. He is also equal with the Father. Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Philippians 2:6-7 Every other religion and cult will try to take away from His deity and it is Christianity alone that knows Him as being fully God. This is what sets The Way apart from every other belief system.
Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:3
When you gaze up at the stars and see the vast universe and consider that Christ is the one who created all we see. He created it not only for His glory but for our pleasure. We are the crown of His creation. The jewel for which He Himself paid a very high price. He is the one that breathed the breathe of life into us. He is not only the Creator but the Sustainer of all things. He is the one that holds this world and this universe together. Hebrews 1:3
In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:4-5
Because of sin it is our very nature to want to gravitate towards darkness. But Christ came to set us free from that darkness. 1 Peter 2:9 says to those who have come to know Him: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Sinful people hate the Light because it exposes their sin. They will try everything they can to extinguish that light but will always fail. It is something they can’t understand. The Bible says that the god of this world (satan) has blinded them to the truth. But once you come to the place where you live in that Light, it is a place you never want leave.
There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that Light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the Light; he came only as a witness to the Light. The true Light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God—— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:6-13
Could you imagine walking into your home one day and your spouse and children not recognizing you. Even your faithful family pet snarls at you as if you were a stranger. You tell them over and over again: "Look it’s me!" Don’t you recognize me? I have always loved you and provided for you. I have sent you little love letters and notes to let you know how much I care about you and you tell me you don’t know who I am?" Finally they call the police on you and you are hauled off to prison. This is what Jesus faced when He came to earth as a man. God had made Israel His chosen people. He had sent many prophets and signs. He had given them His Word and promises about His coming to them and yet when He came they did not recognize Him. As a matter of fact they wanted to kill Him because it went against their religion that they had created from the law which God had given them.
Even today the Jews are still looking for their Messiah. They missed His coming. But through their rejection, God through Christ opened the door to anyone who believed in Him. We the gentiles are not of natural decent. We have been grafted into the vine and have become His children as much as the Jews. Does that mean because the Jews rejected Christ that He has rejected them. Not at all. There is coming a time during the Tribulation when many Jews will turn to see that Jesus was the true Messiah that they had been searching for all the time. Zachariah 12:10-11 says: And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on Me, the One they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son. On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be great, like the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
God Himself took on flesh. He loved us so much. Our redemption had been planned out even before we were created. If you are a parent you know the lengths you would go to rescue your child from trouble. When you think about the creator becoming a helpless baby and having to be cared for by His creation. He had to be fed and changed and be reliant upon Mary and Joseph. It is an awesome thought. He was fully God and fully man. In taking on our flesh, He made himself venerable to all we face. Every temptation and every passion. He had to learn how to walk and talk just like the rest of us. Hebrews 2:17-19 says: For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because He himself suffered when He was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. But there was one difference. He never gave in to the temptation and became the only sinless person who ever walked the face of this earth and because of that He became the perfect sacrifice. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
We Christians as believers have a lot to be thankful for. The Christmas season should not have to remind us of this. We need to get back to the place where we celebrate not only His birth at Christmas and His death and resurrection at Easter but celebrate His life everyday. You see Immanuel literally means God with us. Though He is not physically on this earth, the promise of the Word remains true because For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." Hebrews 13:5b Christ desires to be with us His bride and loves us with a love we will never be able to completely understand.
Rejoice oh highly favoured one. The Bridegroom is coming to take you into His chambers. Will you be ready? He is!
Steven Curtis Chapman – O Come, O Come Emmanuel