God is with us now, not just in thought or in theory or in wishful thinking. But in actual fact.

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: (Isaiah)”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 1:23      

A little boy’s father had gone on a long business trip. He missed his father terribly, especially at bedtime when his daddy always read him a bedtime story. His mother, wanting to comfort him, gave him a photo of his dad to take to bed with him. He would clutch it under the blanket and fall asleep with it. One evening as he studied the photo he said, “I wish daddy would just step out of the picture and be here with me now.”

That’s what God did one Christmas. He stepped out of His heavenly frame and came down to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. Infinity became an infant. Imagine!

God loves us that much! He came into the world in bodily form. Jesus died for us so we could have our sins forgiven and our relationship restored.

God is with us now, not just in thought or in theory or in wishful thinking. But in actual fact.

Are you experiencing His presence? Are you aware that God is with you? We don’t always feel His presence. But then feelings are not reliable. They change with the weather or a night’s sleep.

God says He is present in good days and in bad days.

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10)

Further Reading

•   Christmas Section
•   Come Worship the King – One way to celebrate Christ’s birth as a family
•  Salvation Explained

“Many people received God’s gift of life by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ.”  Romans 5:15 (NCV)

We take our free gift of salvation and try to earn it or diagnose it or pay for it instead of simply saying “thank you” and accepting it.

Ironic as it may appear, one of the hardest things to do is to be saved by grace.  There’s something in us that reacts to God’s free gift.  We have some weird compulsion to create laws, systems, and regulations that will make us “worthy” of our gift.

Why do we do that?  The only reason I can figure is pride.  To accept grace means to accept its necessity and most folks don’t like to do that.  To accept grace also means that one realizes his despair, and most people aren’t too keen on doing that either.