Immanuel

By: David Pipes

When Jesus came, he preached the Good News.
The good news was NOT that we were sinners and God was mad at us.
The good news was NOT that God had a new set of rules for us to follow.
The good news WAS that God had come to be with us.
“And they will call him Immanuel.”

Immanuel.
God with us.
Not far away, right here beside us.

We sometimes think of God as far away, remote, up there.
But that’s not right.
In Jesus, God came very near.
The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us. [John 1:14.]
God’s Son walked with us, fished with us, ate with us, celebrated with us, mourned with us, showed us how to live better.
God’s Spirit lives in us, whispers to us, intercedes for us.

Immanuel.
God with us.
Not against us, on our side.

We sometimes think of God as looking for ways to find us in the wrong, to judge us, to condemn us.
But that’s not right.
God is the Shepherd who searches in the dark for us. God is the Father who waits on the porch for us to come home.

What, then, shall we say? If God is for us, who can be against us? …
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? …
It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died and was raised to life, is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. [Romans 8:31-34.]

Immanuel.
God with us.
It’s the Gospel in a Word.