Since the beginning, God has been with us. He reigned over the earth He created, yet spent His time walking with humanity in the garden. And even when we were unfaithful, He was still faithful - still holding the world in His hands and working on behalf of His children. He promised for a savior to come, to heal, to restore.
Finally, the long-awaited Son came to be with us. Even as a child, His presence signaled the war that He would win against our enemy. He is the universal king, the sovereign One over all things. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). He has come.
And in the end, He will be with us. We await His final arrival, when all will be right and all will be made new. He will complete what He began, and He will renew all that is broken and restore all that we have lost.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:3-5)
We hope you are comforted this Christmas season, and that you truly know the reality of Emmanuel, God with you. In the busyness of the holidays, in the conversations with your friends and family, in your joy, in your suffering, as you wait for presents and as you wait for promises yet fulfilled. He is with you. Merry Christmas. Jesus has come.