Christmas holds the most incredible truth. The truth that God wants to be with us. He wants to be with you.
Matthew begins his account of the life of Jesus by recalling words prophesied about Jesus hundreds of years before His birth. Quoting the prophet Isaiah we read, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Matthew 1:23 ESV). The literal translation for the word Immanuel is “God with us.”
Jesus came so that God could be with us. However, this is not only a story about Him being with a few humans during the time of the ancient Roman Empire. Jesus came to establish a permanent and ongoing relationship with whoever would choose to follow Him after He left this world. Matthew closes his account of the last words Jesus spoke: “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
Matthew’s account of the life of Jesus began and ended with a declaration that He is our Immanuel, “God with us.” Think about that… Jesus life on earth is bookended by the fact that God wants to be “with us.” Amazing!