This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiancé , was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”
“God is with us.”
What a profound statement.
This fact alone is what completely sets God apart from every other ‘so-called’ god or deity or supreme being.
No other god stepped out of their supremacy to be with man. Every other faith or religion is about man trying to make their way to God. But the good news of Jesus Christ is that God made His way to man, to us.
God got personal.
In the Old Testament one of the names for God is “Jehovah Shammah” = “God is there”. But after millennia of watching His beloved creation, God wasn’t satisfied with being the “God that is there”. He wanted to be the God that is here with us — Immanuel.
And that’s what happened when He stepped through eternity’s door and came to earth as the God-man: Jesus Christ.
God came to us in person.
Love in the flesh.
Love with skin on.
He wasn’t just there; He was now here – with us.
I love how John 1 in The Message describes it:
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.
God “moved into the neighborhood” when He came to the earth.
And He wants to move into the neighborhood of your life.
Do you know your “Neighbor”