December 11, 2012

God with Us

"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel, 
which means, "God with us." 
~Matthew 1:23

I wonder what it would have been like to have been there long ago on that quiet, starlit night when the Word became flesh and the Savior of the world was born.  What would I have felt, what would I have done, in the presence of the One who left the glory of heaven to dwell among us, to be with us?

I imagine I would have stayed back in the quiet, dark shadows of the stable, humbled by and in awe of the incarnation, of witnessing God made flesh.  I'm certain I wouldn't be able to speak for how could there be words adequate to express the fullness and depth of my heart at such a sight.  Love and joy and gratitude would overcome me and the tears... oh, how the tears would fall.  Moved by worship and adoration, I'd come slowly from the shadows to bow before the manger and gaze upon the beauty and majesty of the Light of the world.  I would kneel at his side and take the long-awaited child, the One who came to redeem us, to redeem me, and cradle him in my arms and hold him tightly to my chest.  Tears would fall like rain from my face to stain the precious cheeks of his.  What honor to behold the Lamb of God.  The Hope of the world.  The King of Kings.  Our Savior and Redeemer.  Emmanuel, God with us.

He was and is with us.

Even still.

"God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.  This is real love... not that we loved God, but that he loved us
 and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins." 
~1 John 4:9-10

"Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." 
~Matthew 28:20

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." 
~John 1:14

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