Our human nature always wants to know what will happen to us in the future. Where will we be; what will we be doing; will we be successful or fail? We don’t always like to look at the past, because it’s often a reflection of the mistakes we’ve made.
A few thousand years ago, the prophet Isaiah promised that God’s covenant with Adam and Eve would soon be fulfilled. Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
The word Immanuel means God is with us. God would take on human flesh and become our brother. He didn’t have to do this, but He chose to come in humility to dwell among us; to feel our every pain, depression, fear, anxiety. He became human so that He could share in our suffering and that He did. This amazing act of love – of taking our place – of the greatest gift ever given to mankind – was proof that God is slow to anger and ready to forgive those who believe in Him.
Thank you, dear God, for becoming one of us – for living a sinless life yet feeling our pain and sorrows. As I look at Christmases past, let me never forget that very first one, when you came to us as true God and true man, fulfilling every prophecy. Amen!