Immanuel, God with Us

December 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

It is difficult to imagine the real circumstances of Jesus’ birth in the midst of the world’s romanticization of Christmas.  You won’t find too many nativity scenes out there (if any at all) that focus on Mary’s public disgrace of having a child before she got together with Joseph (Matthew 1:18), or Joseph’s threat to divorce her (1:19), or Herod sending his troops to kill all the little boys in Bethlehem (2:16).  And yet, the birth of Jesus (meaning “The Lord is Savior”) can only make sense in the midst of the shame, fears, and pressures of ordinary life.  It is when God’s salvation literally becomes embodied among a vulnerable people who are struggling to survive the pressures of life that He can be Immanuel – God with us (Matthew 1:23).  Then Jesus is truly God’s incarnation within our everyday life circumstances.  What are your particular vulnerabilities this Christmas within which the birth of Jesus is God’s saving presence that brings God closer to you than anything else?

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