Immanuel–God with us in our nature, in our sorrow, in our daily work, in our punishment, in our death, and now with us, or rather we with Him, in resurrection, ascension, triumph, and Second Advent splendor. – From Spurgeon’s Morning by Morning
This is what Christmas is fundamentally about; the birth of a man who was fully divine, came to set the world to rights, fulfilled by his work on the cross and in overcoming death.
It is good news that God came seeking for man. He is with me in my human nature with its wills and ills and agendas. He sees me in the industriousness of daily living. He sits next to me in my pain and sorrow. He hears.
He died a death on the cross to pave a way for me to gain eternal life. His death holds no meaning except that he rose again. He triumphed over sin and his righteousness is imputed to those who believe.
We finished Multiply by Francis Chan last week. In it, he took us through an overview of the Old Testament and the New Testament until finally we came up to the end of the story. It is a picture of Jesus’ Second Coming as Ruler, no longer helpless babe. In the Second Coming, he is returning to reign.