The Wonder of Immanuel
"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 Theologian William Barclay wrote, "Jesus is the one person who can tell us what God is like, and what God means us to be. In him alone we see what God is and what man ought to be." Barclay's words remind me of the 2nd grader who was busy drawing a picture. Fascinated by the little girl's focus and intensity, her teacher asked what she was drawing. "I'm drawing a picture of God," the little girls said. "That's wonderful," said the teacher, "but nobody has ever seen God.
They don't know what God looks like." Without missing a beat, the little girl responded, "They'll know once I'm finished." On Christmas, Christians celebrate the wonder of Immanuel - God with us. The mystery of God is revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. The fullness of God's divinity is present with us in Jesus' humanity. While this sounds confusing, here's the Good News. We don't have to fully understand it to believe it. Friends, we live in a world that can leave us feeling hopeless and helpless. Sometimes, the world presents frightening and negative portrayals of God. As we approach the celebration of Christmas, let's give thanks for Jesus in whose life and ministry we see both the fullness of God's glory and the hope of humanity. One week left. I can't wait! - Pastor Caleb