Emmanuel – God with Us

Picture1.pngChristmastime is here! And as the song goes, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

Christmas is wonderful! But is it always ‘wonder–full’?

Is your heart and mind full of wonder as you contemplate the mysteries of God becoming flesh?

Or is your month of December just plain full – full of shopping, decorating, parties, and endless to-do lists? Those activities can be part of the overall celebration! But how can you encounter more of Christ this Christmas?

Yesterday marked the first Sunday of Advent, a time in the Christian calendar that represents waiting. Waiting for the Messiah, the Savior. As we step into the first full week of December, we encourage you to step into this time of waiting, of wondering.

What does it mean for God to become flesh? Flesh is soft, human, vulnerable.

“The Word became flesh and lived among us.” (John 1:14)

God wanted to identify with us in every detail of human life. Jesus, God’s Son, entered the world just like we did – as a baby. He experienced being human, bound by flesh, bound by time. He grew up, lived in a family, felt hunger, was tempted, built friendships, experienced emotions – from joy to grief, He worked with purpose, He prayed to His heavenly Father, He felt the desire for rest, He felt pain, and even experienced betrayal.

What does it mean to you, that the God of the universe is not a distant Lord ruling from the heavens, but a God who actually wanted to enter into the ups and downs of everyday life? What does it mean to you, that He can relate to what’s awesome and what’s hard in your life?

 

“For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ,  that though He was rich,  yet for your sakes He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich.”
(2 Corinthians 8:9)

 

As adults, Christmas can feel overly familiar – we’ve seen the nativity displayed before, we sing the carols in a rote manner, cards have cliché greetings. We have to be intentional about exploring and entering into the Christmas story. We have to take the time to ponder and to wonder.

What’s one way you can seek Christ this Christmas season? This is a personal question between you and the Lord – how can you wonder while you wait?

“The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David!” Luke 2:11

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