I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. I hope that each of you are enjoying your family and traditions. However; at the same time, I know this time of the year is not always pleasant nor does it have good memories. Please keep this in mind: Regardless of how you process this time of year remember that God loves you and the birth of Christ is a demonstration of God’s love toward us.
I challenge you to pay attention to the discussion questions. They will help you reflect but also at the same time it will help you pursue some new beginnings. I challenge you to not allow the miracles of God from this past year hinder you from experiencing the miracles of God in the next year.
Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
The blessing of this verse and this name goes beyond the realm of just Christmas. It is a residing truth that we can carry with us throughout our everyday lives. Yes, at the core of the context is the fact that God became flesh and dwelt among us. The incarnation of Christ is at the heart of this context. However; the application reaches far beyond the realm the incarnation of Christ into the omnipresence of our Lord. It is the message that God is letting us know that He is with us. What does this do for the believer? It gives the believer confidence, it gives the believer courage, and it gives the believer comfort. We are reminded this Christmas that God is with us. We are reminded that God promises to never leave or forsake us. We are reminded that God promises that he will be an ever-present help in times of need. The world rages with its sinful schemes and philosophies but God is with us. Satan rages with accusations and discouraging tactics but God is with us. The storms of life may rage, but God is with us. It is such a powerful concept to realize that while the birth of Jesus was God’s plan to redeem us back to himself. At the same time, it acts as a reminder that God is with us. He steps out of eternity onto the stage of our lives to dwell among us. May the celebration of Christmas be a reminder that God is with us. Moving forward into the next year of life should be a reminder that God is with us. He truly is our “Emmanuel”.
- What has been some of your greatest experiences from this past year?
- What has been some of your greatest disappointments from this past year?
- What are the greatest challenges you feel like you will face in the next year?
- How does “God with us” help you move into the next year?
From the Boatman Family to you – We wish you a Merry Christmas!