We’ve been celebrating advent in our home.  I made and advent calendar with Meleah a few weeks ago and we’ve been reading through the birth of Jesus in the Bible together as a family.  The kids love reading the Bible with us and then running to find the little surprise I’ve left in the calendar for them.

Lately, as we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth I have been reminded of the passage from Matthew 1 when the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and said this: 

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”

I think sometimes we don’t realize the true ramifications of what these three small words mean for us…..God….with….us.  Not “God near us,” or “God around us” but God WITH us.  He was genuinely God and absolutely human all at the same time. 

He experienced everything that we have experienced.  He experienced a messy gooey birth.  He nursed.  He had to be potty trained.  He went through puberty, He probably had acne….lol!  He knew what it was like to feel rejection, He knew what it was like to stub His toe, He knew what it was like to love and to experience sorrow.  He knew what it was like to face death and to be wrongly accused.  He knew great joy, happiness and laughter.  He also knew great pain, great sadness, and great suffering. 

For me this Christmas I am remembering that Christ’s entrance in to this world is as important as His death.  It says He didn’t just die for us, but He also came to be WITH us as well. 

Emmanuel……you are WITH me.   Amen.

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