Listen! A virgin will be pregnant, she will give birth to a Son, and he will be known as “Emmanuel,” which means in Hebrew, “God became one of us.”
“God became one of us.” For many Christians that phrase brings comfort; the idea that God could love us so much as to leave the perfection of Heaven to be in the places we inhabit. His was a true mission of love, designed to restore us to a right relationship with Him, as those, so lovingly created in His image. To bring us back to Himself with great compassion and care. That’s pretty awesome!
We could probably stop right there, give thanks to such a loving God and go on with our days, living and resting in the goodness of our God…and that’s not such a bad thing. But as people created in the image of such a loving God, does that change us? Should it change us? Should it influence the way we live our everyday lives?
This week, we will explore this together. We’ll look at Jesus and ask ourselves some questions about how he lived and interacted with people in his everyday spaces and places…what it actually looked like for him to “become one of us,” and what that means for us.
God, as we enter into this week, we first thank You for Your tender compassion and invitation into relationship with You. Thank You for taking the first step, and becoming one of us. For not taking one look at our sin and distancing Yourself from us, but desiring to wholly be a part of our lives. Help us to examine our hearts and lives this week and show us how that part of You is imprinted on us. Amen.