"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us..."
This verse has been drifting in and out of my thoughts all week and I found myself constantly in awe as I pondered over and over again the Christmas message it declares.
For love, God left heaven and came to us as a child, born of a virgin, to dwell among us, to walk with us, to teach us, to heal us, to guide us back to truth...and eventually to die for us.
Isaiah 7:14 prophesies the coming Messiah - "The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call Him Emmanuel."
Emmanuel means "God with us" and indeed that is what happened when Christ was born of Mary and made a life here on earth. Dwelling among us for 33 years Jesus lived and walked and breathed and died as a man yet He loved, healed, forgave, humbled, taught, and rose from the grave as only Emmanuel our Messiah could.
One of my very favourite songs from the past few decades is His Kingdom and as I pondered these thoughts on Friday I stood in the kitchen with arms raised and sang it with tears streaming down my face...the enormity of Who He Is and what He did overwhelming my heart. Nothing, nothing at all compares to Jesus and what He has done for me.
I think those precious moments in God's presence, singing from my heart to His, inspired this simple design. Only words...but what marvelous words, powerful words, truth filled hope-fulfilled words!
May Jesus bless you as we move closer to the celebration of a Gift no other can equal, and though December 25th is not truly the day of Christ's birth it has become a day when we can choose to turn our thoughts from the way of the world and look up to Him who came down to walk with us.
If there's one thing I could ask of you this Christmas and indeed every Christmas, it is this -
Keep CHRIST in Christmas.
Too many have forgotten, turned away from or discarded our Lord, but that baby in the manger was real and He truly is the Son of God, Emmanuel, the Saviour of the World.
Love came down to save us and Love's name is Jesus.
Celebrate and give glory to Him this Christmas season and teach the little ones how much He loves them and how blessed they are to have a friend in Jesus.
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In Christ alone,