“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”(which means “God with us”). – Matthew 1:23, NIV
As Christmas time rolls around, I just want us to remember who is Jesus. He is God who came in the flesh and dwelt with us. Jesus is the one who knows pain and suffering. He knows extreme physical pain (dying on the cross for us) and extreme rejection/spiritual pain (as in bearing our sins and God’s rejection of sin on the cross).
One of my good friends embodied this “God with us” very well as I was in the depths of my pain. He would come and simply sit with me. My friend gave me the gift of his presence.
He was with me.
Whatever you may be going through now, remember that God is with us even if we do not feel it. And God understands pain of all sorts. He knows extreme rejection and abandonment. And God does not waste pain as we see from His redeeming His Son’s death on the cross.
And may we never forget that God is Immanuel, God with us.