JESUS, EMMANUEL IS HERE FOR YOU!
I’m picking up where I left off last week. I posted two messages on the Christmas season last week so this will be the third. Someone reading this may be having a difficult time this Christmas. There may be one whose marriage has fallen apart and you are alone. Let me tell you something, God is with you. Maybe your kids have forgotten about you this year. I can assure you that Jesus hasn't forgotten about you. His name is Emmanuel, which means "God with us." Maybe your parents have forgotten about you. But God your Heavenly Father has not forgotten about you.
I don’t know about you guys but I think Christmas is about undoing loneliness. Jesus said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5). When you read this in the literal Greek, it literally could read something like this: "I will never, no never, no never leave you or forsake you." That my friend is final, He is going to be with you in the happy days. He is going to be with you in the sad days. He is going to be with you on the hard days. He will be with you through all of your days. Then He will be waiting for you on the other side to welcome you into glory. You don't have to be afraid, because God is with you. If you are a Christian, you are NEVER alone.
Some have lost love ones and Christmas is a sad time for them. I covered that last week so I want go over that again. I had someone ask me, "How do you get through the holidays if you have lost a loved one? Is there some book I can read?" My answer is that you don't need a manual; you need Emmanuel. You need to know that God is there. You need to lean into Him. That is the essential message of this holiday season: that God came near.
What we are longing for, deep down inside, is not Christmas, but Christ; not merriment, but the Messiah; not goodwill, but God; not presents, but His presence in our lives. Anyone or anything short of that will disappoint.
That is what this season all about. It is about Emmanuel, God is with us. He is here for you. God Bless!