Friday, December 14, 2007

Emmanuel - Hovsepian

My favourite Christmas-related word is "Emmanuel". What could be more beautiful, more meaningful, more awe-inspiring than the idea — and REALITY — of "God with us"? To me, that is what Christmas is all about. As Christians, we often try to remind people that the holiday isn't about gifts and parties by stating that it's about the birth of Jesus. I don't believe that says enough.

Why was Jesus born? What is so significant about His birth? It's the fact that God chose to dwell among us and to bring salvation through His Son Jesus — by humbling Himself to the point of leaving His glory in heaven to be born in a stable and to walk among us in this broken world. And He came with a purpose: to give up His life as a ransom for our sins because we are powerless to save ourselves.

It takes my breath away when I consider what God has done for us, for me. There is so much hope in the words "God with us". This lonely, despairing world needs that message of hope!

My prayer for you this Christmas is that you will experience — and share with others — more than ever before, God with us.

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