God With Us

Dr. Chris Irving, Pastor
“Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: 11 Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped tightly in cloth and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12
Our family has experienced many firsts since we arrived on island. One of those is the arrival of very dear friends and family from Texas. It was not so strange to us back on the mainland to have people come to us traveling in a car, but it was a very rare occasion to travel to the airport to pick up someone special. The anticipation of their arrival just about drove the kids crazy! Waiting to hear the arrival announcement only stirred up more impatience and anticipation.
You see, God made a promise in Isaiah 7 that the virgin would conceive, and the special child’s name would be Immanuel which means “God with us.” Matthew’s Gospel quotes Isaiah 7:14 as a part of the angel’s message to Joseph. But in Luke 2, the story of the shepherds is captured. You know the story well I’m sure, the heavenly messenger announces the arrival of the Christ child to these lowly shepherds out tending their sheep. This good news of great joy was truly life
changing. The people of God waited for generations the announcement of the arrival of the Messiah. On this night, the shepherds had a front row seat to the arrival of God’s amazing unending love…in the form of a baby named Jesus, God with us had arrived.
Pray today that you can experience a refreshing arrival of God’s amazing unending love this advent season.