Whether Happy or Hurting Remember Immanuel
This week I would just like to share with you a short and sweet post and reminder that Jesus is Immanuel, God with us.
I learned of some very sad news a couple of weeks before Christmas. Denise McGee had passed away (see a Celebration of Life for Denise here). Denise was the wife of Joe McGee, one of my favorite Christian teachers/speakers who I’ve referred to here on the blog on a number of occasions. My heart just broke for Joe and their 6 children and grandchildren—especially at Christmastime.
I was thinking, “How hard it must be to lose a loved one at this time of year. Will every Christmas be a negative trigger for them now?” However, one morning as I was doing my daily quiet time and devotions, I was reminded of something. Part of Christmas, the celebration of Jesus’ birth, should not only be to celebrate the human birth of Christ but to recognize and remember his deity as well.
We need to remember that one of his names is “Immanuel” which means “God with us”. God came to be with us. We are not isolated and alone. In a lonely, hurting and isolated world God said, “I want to come be with you. I want to help you. You’re not alone.”
God is Immanuel to the McGee family in their time of hurting. God is with them. So maybe Christmastime can be less painful with that in mind. God knows they are hurting and what a good time of year to remember that God is Immanuel; God is with us. Maybe He will say to them and remind them this year and every Christmas hereafter, “I am with you. I am here.”
At Christmas and all year, Jesus is Immanuel
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14 (NIV)
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).” Matthew 1:23 (NIV)
Take Some Practical Steps To Remember Immanuel: