Thursday, December 19, 2013

Immanuel, God With Us

This week - Chapter 6 “The Wondrous Gift is Given,” in The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:6-7 NIV
When I really think about it, I am in awe over the great extent to which God wants to be with us.

From the beginning, God intended to be with us. 
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:8 NIV
God walked in the garden…with Adam and Eve. Isn’t it hard to imagine being able to walk around with God, talking and hanging out with Him?

But then sin entered the world and everything changed.

And while God still loved us, cared for us, and wanted to be with us, we were sinful and could not live with God. For anyone who saw Him face to face would die.

But God makes a way where there is no way.

Moses asked to see God’s glorious presence, and because God looked favorably on Moses, He made a way.
The Lord replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose. But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live.” The Lord continued, “Look, stand near me on this rock. As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and let you see me from behind. But my face will not be seen.” Exodus 33:19-23 NLT
God made a way for Moses to see Him, protecting Moses as He passed by. Think of the comfort and reassurance God’s presence must have brought to Moses.

God made a way for us too…a way to see Him, to walk with Him, to learn from Him.

God’s way was Jesus.

Born as a human, but still God, He made a way for us to see Him. A way He could walk with us. And a way we could live eternally with Him.

How incredible that our Almighty God wants to be with us so much that He came to us as a man—a person we could see and touch.

Think about it…He left heaven—for us.

He came to live in a sinful world—for us.

He went through hell and conquered sin and death—for us.

No words can fully explain the depth of His love for us.
For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 NLT
My prayer for you this Christmas…

May you feel and experience God’s great love for you through Jesus, even when it is more than our human minds can understand.

In Christ,
Laura   


8 comments:

  1. "From the beginning, God intended to be with us."

    Yes, He did. We are told that His plan for salvation was instituted before the creation of the world! And even then, He had also seen every day of our lives.

    God is a PERSONAL God, and that is why He came to earth, as one of us. To relate to us face-to-face, and to die for us so that we could live with Him forever!

    Such love! Such glory!

    GOD BLESS!

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  2. wonderful reminder. Thank you.
    Have a really special Christmas with those you love. take care

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  3. Hi Laura,
    There is no better gift then the one of eternal life. It is nearing the date to have a massive birthday party for Jesus and to celebrate the gift of life.

    Merry Christmas!
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  4. God "with us" is still one of the most amazing miracles I can ever imagine! So grateful. Thanks for this reminder, Laura. Have a blessed Christmas.

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  5. Laura, thanks for unpacking this great book for us and for linking up at Thought-Provoking Thursday. I am adding this book to my "want list." :)

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  6. God does make a way, when there is no way - SO grateful having experienced this so many times in my life ... He truly is the reason for this (and every other) season!
    Blessings to your weekend,
    Nina

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  7. Oh, for sure, Laura, He so wants to be with us. Jesus has come, the Spirit's been given. God with us!

    Advent blessings to you and all you love ...

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  8. Visiting from Lyli's. A beautiful reminder of the great lengths He will go to be with us. Merry Christmas.
    Beth

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!