Jesus is a man…fully God, fully man, who walked on this very earth. He stepped in the dust and among the pebbles that remain today. He woke and slept, ate and drank, cried and wiped away tears. He died on a cross one horrible, dark day. Three days later, He rose again and walked among the people again. Have you ever taken time to truly consider Jesus?
As Christmas approaches, we begin to decorate, exchange gifts, feast, and celebrate the birth of Jesus. While many of us pull out the nativity scenes, and hang our ornaments celebrating the baby who changed the world, have you truly ever taken time to stop and consider Jesus? Jesus…the child who was fully God, and yet fully man. He was sent to this earth to save the world. He was sent to this earth to be a human sacrifice. Consider that.
Thinking of Jesus…really considering His true purpose in coming to earth brings chills to my body. God cares so much about us…His children, that He sent a little bitty baby to earth to grow up and serve the purpose of dying to save us all. Jesus had to die so that we could live. Consider that! During His time on this earth, Jesus had a mighty purpose. He was to be counselor, teacher, pastor, friend, and Savior. Isaiah 9:6 points out that “the government will be on his shoulder”. It says that to His peace, there will be no end. He would change the world because He was to be right here, in our midst. Not just during those days when His physical body was on earth, but forever through the Holy Spirit.
While journaling tonight, I found myself considering the reality that Jesus is the light of the world. He is the only way that this dark world would ever see light. His love, shines brightly for everyone to see. Why? Because God is with us. I often think about how that must have been for the people who witnessed Jesus walking the earth, and performing miracles. What was it like to hear Him teach to the masses. What was it like to be part of His inner circle as He discipled them, prayed with them, and did life with them? Can you imagine Him sitting at the dinner table, and chatting? I’m truly overwhelmed. I’m also incredibly humbled, and yet ache at my behavior. Why? Jesus sits at my table, walks beside me, and does life with me each and every day. He never leaves me, and yet I don’t seem to recognize it. How often do I concentrate on the darkness of these days, and fail to see the light that shines from Him? I forget that while He is not visible to my eye, He is visible to my heart, and my soul. I simply have to stop and look. I don’t mean look with my eyes, I mean truly look with my very soul. There He is. God is with me…and He is with you.
I wonder what life would be like if we Christians lived in the reality that Jesus is truly walking beside us each day. Emmanuel…God with us. Not just at Christmas, but every moment of every day. That’s a lot to consider. God is doing life with us. He in the car rider line, having coffee with friends, and sitting with us in our favorite chair. He is with us in times of distress, and He holds us close as tears fall from our cheeks. Life would be so very different if I could remember that. Life would be so very different if I lived like that.
Tonight Dear Father, I thank you for sending the gift of Emmanuel. Lord, let me live in awe and wonder of that gift each and every day.