I’ve been doing a study on the names of God. One that’s mentioned often this time of year is “Immanuel,” which means “God with us.” An angel told Joseph that the baby Jesus would be the fulfillment of God’s promise given through the prophet Isaiah to come to His people:
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14, ESV
The baby Jesus was like any other baby – He cried and got hungry and slept and grew like a weed. But the baby Jesus was not like any other baby. He was God Himself, wrapped in human flesh.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:1, 14, ESV
What does it mean for us that Jesus is God come to us? This vital truth has many wonderful, incredible implications for our lives. However first and foremost, it means that Jesus Christ is the one and only way to have eternal life.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. 7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”
9 Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!
John 14:6-9a, NLT
Jesus the Son and God the Father are one (John 10:30). Jesus is God. God came to mankind to offer salvation to all. Have you accepted His gift of salvation? Don’t let another Christmas pass without experiencing the God who is with you.
What does it mean to you today that God came to earth?