God With Us …. Christmas

The birth of Christ was foretold from the beginning of time.  In Genesis, God said, “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” This was our first hint that Jesus would be born of a woman and would be victorious over Satan, but it does not stop there.   In the 8th century, a prophet named Isaiah wrote of the Christ who was to come. Over 700 years before Jesus would arrive, Isaiah wrote, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” The name Immanuel (or Emanuel) means God with us.   On one day, God made the choice to come to Earth, to begin in the lowliest of setting, and begin his life of showing us the love of God and the sacrifice of this love.

Be careful not to give more emphasis to the distractions of this “holiday”.  For when you give your attention and affection to the distractions, then you are insulting God. Christmas has nothing to do with Christmas trees or ornaments, candy, wreaths, fires, or cider, or even gifts.  These are all distractions away from the one true gift and the one true purpose of this day that was foretold from the beginning of time. God came down to be with us, and ultimately to give His life for us.  This day, like every day, is an opportunity to give all glory that is due to Jesus. God did not leave us on our own.  He is here!

Hold on now, I gotta take a deep breath
I don’t know what to say when I look in your eyes
You made the world before I was born
Here I am holding You in my arms tonight

Noel, Noel
Jesus our Emmanuel

You’re here
I’m holding You so near
I’m staring into the face of my Savior
King and Creator
You could’ve left us on our own
But You’re here

Don’t know how long I’m gonna have You for
But I’ll be watching when You change the world
Look at Your hands, they’re still so small
Someday You’re gonna stretch them out and save us all

Noel, Noel, God with us Emmanuel

You’re here, I’m holding You so near oooh oh
I’m staring into the face of my Savior
King and Creator
You could’ve left us on our own
Bbut you’re here, you’re here

Someday I’m gonna look back on this
The night that God became a baby boy
Someday You’re gonna go home again,
But You leave your spirit and flood the world with joy

You’ll be here, I’m holding You so near
I’m staring into the face of my Savior, King and Creator
You could’ve left me on my own, but you’re here… You’re here
Hallelujah, You’re here
Hallelujah, You’re here

(You’re Here by Francesca Battistelli)

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