The English have the 12 days of Christmas in song. The high churches have the 24 (ish) days of advent. Here at Crave Something More, I’ll be writing a series called the “21 Days of CSM Christmas.” Starting December 5 and finishing on Christmas Day, I will write once a day about all things Christmas, in the hopes that we will all continue to see Jesus as the greatest satisfaction to our soul’s deepest cravings.
Day 17: God With, Over, In, For
Isaiah told us that the coming Messiah would be called Immanuel, which means “God with us.” And this is beautiful: God, the maker of heaven and earth, the king of Israel, was coming to be with mankind. We can never be too amazed at this stunning truth—that God walked our earth, ate our food, slept under our stars. He was with us.
But God with us got me thinking about other aspects of our relationship with God. Here are three others to celebrate this Christmas:
- God is over us. God is sovereign, by right and by power, because He is the creator of all things. He can become man that first Christmas because He is first and foremost over man. And this is great news for all of us who call ourselves His own, because He gives us all that He has through His Son.
- God is in us. Christmas was a remarkable movement of God towards man, and Jesus showed us amazing things about the nature of God. But He said His going was worth the coming of His Spirit, because God’s movement towards man was going to get even closer. God was not simply going to be with us; He was going to be in us.
- God is for us. Perhaps the greatest Christmas present we will receive this year is a deepening understanding that God is for us. He is working all things in our lives together for our good. And if He is for us, who can stand against us?
Allow the beauty of His being over us, and in us, and for us to give you a deeper kind of cheer this holiday season, and thank Him this Christmas that He is our Immanuel!
For the rest of the 21 Days of Crave Something More Christmas, go here.