In Matthew 1:18-25, an Angel spoke to Joseph in a dream about this child to be called Immanuel, which means “God with us.” Not just “God made us.” Not just “God thinks about us.” Not just “God above us.” But God with us. God right where we are. He breathed our air and walked this earth. God…with…us!
Because of Christmas, God is always near us. Always for us. Always in us. We may forget him, but God will never forget us. He called himself Immanuel—God with us!
One of my favorite Christmas cards reads: “If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. But since our greatest need was forgiveness, God sent us a Savior.”
Was it only a silly dream that haunted Joseph one night? Many seem to think so. Tomorrow (11:00 AM and 7:00 PM), we will invite the Holy Spirit to visit us and wake us up once again to discover the truth.
Merry Christmas, everybody.