Since the first Christmas day more than 2,000 years ago, the assurance that God is with His people has taken on new meaning. Before Jesus was born, the Israelites were assured that even in judgment they could have hope because God was with them (Isaiah 8:8, 10). Yet they didn’t know God as fully as we can today. We have a great advantage over the Old Testament saints because through reading the New Testament we can see the glory of God “in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). And we can sense His presence in all situations of life because He is made real to us by the Holy Spirit.
God came in human form when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. All who trust Him can find renewed strength for every need. Why? Because the birth of Christ gives new meaning to the name Immanuel. – Herbert Vander Lugt
The birth of Christ brought God to man but it took the cross of Christ to bring man to God.
- December 25, Vol. 1, Our Daily Bread