December 24, 2015
Matthew 1:23, “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
On this Christmas Eve, it’s only fitting that we would reflect back on the miraculous circumstances of the birth of Jesus. Many miracles took place that first Christmas.
First, there were the miracles of fulfilled prophecy that foretold both the town of Jesus’ birth, as well as, the fact that the mother would be a virgin. Then, there were the miracles of the angels appearing to Mary, Joseph and then the shepherds. Next, there was the miracle of the wise men that are able to follow the star in order to find the mother and child. However, that verse speaks to an even greater miracle. Read it again. Matthew 1:23, “… and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
So, the greatest miracle of that first Christmas wasn’t the fulfilled prophecy, the angels’ appearances or even the wise men. No, the greatest miracle of all was that God became a man. That name Immanuel means “God with us!” He was with us then and He’s with us now. Immanuel, “God with us!”
My prayer for you this Christmas is that you would feel God’s presence in your life today.
Think about it…and have a Merry Christmas!