December 8th, 2019 | Chad Gardner
Christmas is all about family, God’s family.
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham….So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
God in his sovereignty chose to be contained in the form of a baby. Jesus was fully man and fully God.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
God knows what it’s like to be human. Wherever your “there” is, he’s been there, because he’s been here. He wanted to be with us. He chose to be with us.
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The same baby boy who was born to Mary and Joseph grew up to be a sinless man who died for us. God is with us. Jesus has been through every trail we’ll ever know. When he took our sin upon himself, he felt everything we will ever feel.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
In the Bible, God assured Gideon he was with him. The same was true for Moses. He was there with Daniel in the lion’s den. He was there in the fiery furnace. God is with us. This is the Christmas story: God is with you.