…All this took place to fulfill what
the Lord had said through the prophet:
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel”
(which means “God with us”).
– Matthew 1:22-23
In the birth of Jesus, we see God coming in weak and vulnerable human form. God chooses to share our location and condition.
— God is with us.
In the death of Jesus, we see God present in suffering human form. God chooses to take our part instead of being our enemy.
— God is for us.
In the resurrection and ascension, we see God in victorious human form. In this form, insinuating Himself into the depths of our very being…
— God is in us – as the Spirit of Christ.
…Here is what God is really like. He is the God who is with us, the God who is for us, and the God who is in us.
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I just had to share this, my daily reading from Days of Grace Through the Year, a book of meditations drawn from the writings of the late Lewis Smedes. It not only connects with Advent-Christmas but with the entire church calendar as it follows the life of Jesus. Casting Crowns beautifully captures these truths about God in their Christmas song “God Is With Us.”