Emmanuel

     In his book, God With Us–The Miracle of Christmas, John MacArthur tells of a haunting newspaper story about a wealthy Boston family who hosted a christening party for their new baby.  Friends and relatives came to their magnificent home to celebrate the birth of their precious infant.  When it was time to bring the baby out for everyone to see, the mother made a tragic discovery.  The large bed where she had left the baby sleeping was piled high with the coats of the guests.  The baby was lying dead underneath the mound, suffocated by the carelessly discarded wraps!

      Does this pathetic scene somehow illustrate what our world has done to the celebration of God’s priceless gift, Emmanuel – God with us! (Matt. 1:23) Has He been forgotten, thoughtlessly smothered in all the secular trappings of the celebration?  In our awareness, is He no longer the centerpiece and reason for our celebration, but a carelessly discarded inconvenience?

       Unlike the permanent tragedy of the infant in the story, He has risen, God still with us, and has promised to return as our King!  (Rev 19:16)  May He not be far from our awareness throughout this busy season.  May our activities be for His glory and pleasing in His sight.

Meditate on John 1:10-14

    “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.  He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.  Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”