Let me start by wishing you all a very blessed Christmas. My prayers are that we might all have a spiritual encounter with the almighty as we worship him and give him thanks for his Son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
You know for me a number of things stand out about Christmas: the first one is the name of God’s Son Jesus.
In Hebrew it would be Yeshua which means in Hebrew ‘to deliver, to rescue or to save’. I think that speaks to all of us about the reason Jesus came. Remember John the Baptist cries out “Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”. Jesus saves by taking away our sin.
The second amazing thing I find is again in a name. “He shall be called Immanuel” Or Emmanuel. We know or we should know that the Hebrew word Immanuel means ‘God with us’. Sometimes its hard to understand what all this means, but when you take into account the teaching of Jesus in John’s gospel and the New Testament teaching as a whole, you come to one amazing conclusion.
That conclusion is that just over 2000 years ago in Bethlehem of Judea God himself came to this earth as a baby. “God with us”, He came to save through his death on a cross. This is the amazing thing about Christmas, the time of year we remember our God in Jesus coming to rescue us from our sin. He lived our lives, he was tempted as we are tempted yet without sin, and he taught us how much he loves us. He showed that not only by coming to the earth, but also by dying our deaths so that we might be forgiven and live eternally.
But one more amazing fact. Our God is still with us, dwelling within our lives by his Spirit. Jesus himself said “I will send another Counsellor to be with you.” We have the Holy Spirit within, our counsellor, our advocate.
Christmas is truly about God acting for our benefit, so let us worship him this Christmas with the whole of our beings and celebrate Jesus the Saviour of the world, Immanuel God with us, and his Spirit our ever present help.