The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which being interpreted means, “God with us.”Matthew 1:23.
As you celebrate Jesus’ birth today, know that God is with you; whether you are alone in your home or surrounded by many people. God is with you in your laughter and in your sorrow. God is with you in your blessing and in your loss. He will carry you when your heart is grieving and He will rejoice with you through every answered prayer.
“God with us,” is our greatest gift.
The disciples were privileged to walk with Jesus daily for several years. They witnessed many miracles, signs, and wonders. They felt the comfort of His presence as they listened to His teachings, ate with Him, and ministered with Him from town to town. When Jesus was preparing to ascend back into heaven, it was only natural for the disciples to grieve and wonder, “How will we live without Jesus being with us every day?”
Jesus told them, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you…But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things… Let not your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.”John 14:18, 26, 27.
The Holy Ghost is not only essential for salvation but it has been given to us as a gift of comfort. Just like you would wrap yourself in a cozy blanket on a cold day, the presence of God will wrap around you during your time of need. Jesus may not be with you in the physical this morning, but as soon as you speak His name, He is there with you. Or, the moment you begin to speak in the Holy Ghost, He’s with you. Jesus is God with us.
Today, on Christmas morning, God is with you on the mountain top and in the valley. He is with you where you lack or in your abundance. God is with you—always.