Jesus Christ is Immanuel–God With Us

May 28, 2013 | Tags:

The Word became flesh
and took up residence among us.
We observed His glory,
the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.

-John 1:14

I remember being a teenager and this thought occurring to me–God coming to earth in the form of Jesus Christ was brilliant. He was a person like us and can understand what we go through! This was the work of the Holy Spirit in me, way before I came to know Jesus through a personal relationship later on when I turned thirty. But I loved what God foreshadowed for my life in that moment–a calling to love the study of theology, meditating on the Person of Jesus Christ through God’s Word.

God, in His infinite presence and existence, became flesh through the Son, and experienced what we experience every day. He was conceived in His mother’s womb, born, grew up, lived through good times and bad, died, then rose again from the dead (as we all will someday too). He was fully God, but fully man as well. He lived through it all, and now lives in us and through us who have believed and received His Holy Spirit. His same presence is with us every single moment, even though we cannot see Him with our physical eyes. We can count on His presence always.

Why is this so important to understand? It’s because we need to realize we are never alone. He hears every prayer, sees every action, and knows every thought. He knows every circumstance of our lives and knows us better than we know ourselves, because He Himself created us. He also knows precisely what is to come. With this in mind, how could we even begin to imagine making any decision in life without consulting Him first? He is full of grace and truth, which means, He knows exactly how to guide us, and we can trust in His perfect consultation, always.

Our sin, of course, is pride, which causes us to not seek Him the way we should. “I can do it all by myself.” We need to see this immediately for the red flag it is. The minute we begin to think that thought, or something similar, we need to pause and immediately begin to pray. “God, I cannot do anything without you. Please lead me Your way.”

God is with us. He is Immanuel–Jesus Christ. With that in mind, begin your day by asking Him what He wants you to do today. Surrender to His perfect plan today, even if you don’t fully understand. He sees the bigger picture, and He will be with you through every single step you take.

By Courtney Silberman

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