For the last month my department at school has been working on a film to be the “main event” at the yearly Christmas assembly held on the last day before the holiday break. While I was writing the script I especially wanted to convey the message that “God is with us”.
Angel: Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and you will call him Immanuel
Mary: Immanuel… I know what that means…it’s Hebrew isn’t it? It means…
Angel: God is with you…
God is WITH us!
Much of the reason I wrote the story the way I did is because of the fresh understanding of what that name “Immanuel” means to me. That the creator of the universe, the “I AM”, the First and the Last, chose to empty himself of all divinity and enter the human family as a baby.
Our DNA became His DNA..
…and by doing so he is able to lead us out of the darkness
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth…
…For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
John 1: 9-18
That is SO cool! I can hardly read this portion of scripture without getting misty eyed…
The text says NO ONE has ever seen God but his son, in the act of becoming one of us, has made God known.
Now we can know exactly who God is, how he acts, and how he responds to events. Want to know what God thinks?
Just look at Jesus!
As Brian Zahnd says:
God is like Jesus…God has always been like Jesus…There has never been a time when God was not like Jesus. We haven’t always known this…but now we do!
Merry Christmas everyone!