Matthew quotes the Prophet Isaiah and in so doing he brings to us perhaps the most amazing reality of the Advent. This wonderful truth is that in the persons of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit God is continually with his people. People often say they wish Christmas could last all year long. Well, for those whom God has called, the reason for Christmas will be with you all year long – right into eternity! Once the presents are opened and the tree is taken down the thoughts of Christmas fade into the New Year celebrations. But for you, God’s child, the person of Immanuel lives on. He is with you.
This is a foundational reality that must not be taken for granted. Christian, you are never alone, no matter how alone you may think you are. This is your most valued possession. Don’t withhold its beauty from others. God has lavished riches on his people, people like you and me.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,… Ephesians 1:7-8
Attempting to navigate the waters of daily life without clinging tightly to what you have already been given, leads only to pride, discouragement and frustration. God has not left you to fend for yourself. When your children are in need, when their are struggles in your marriage, when life seems unfair, one great truth remains: Immanuel is with you.
Praise God, he is with you!
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