On the Third Day of Christmas

After Matthew tells us that the virgin birth took place in fulfillment of God’s word (see yesterdays devotional), he shares the prophesy to which he was referring:  “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God with us’).”  (Matthew 1:23)

Immanuel!  God with us. That is always said as if it’s a good thing.   My friend and colleague, Pastor Chris Baker, recently pointed out that whether or not, “God with us,” is a good thing depends entirely on who God is.  That is truly a profound thought.

The reality is, that for most all the pagan world, “god with us,” was not a good thing!  Pagan gods were known to be selfish, uncaring, unmerciful, and capricious.  But the one true God, well that’s a different story.  The one true God is a holy, just, merciful, and loving God!  He is the kind of God that makes him being with us a truly, absolutely, wonderful thing!  We celebrate, “God with us,” because of who God is.

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