From one of my favorite authors, John Lynch:
“Stunning. He was given a name to explain exactly where He is during my deepest need.
He is Immanuel-“God is with us”
He is not a concept, a theory or a theology. He is not a system or a religion. He is not an icon, a figurehead, or a mythical movement leader. He is not an allegory. He is not an ideal. He is not a way of life. He is not a memory. He is not experienced in the past or the future. He is not a static-drenched echo from a far off land. He is not once, or at one time. He is not less real now than He was to those who could touch Him. He is not the property of the pietistic, of any denomination or location…He is God with me, God with us, God with them, God with the wicked and twisted and vile, all at once…”
Read the rest here (you really, really want to).
Merry Christmas, friends.