Genesis 3:8-11 8And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” 10So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” 11And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
God walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden. Emmanuel. God was “with” them. When they sinned, that fellowship was broken, and they were put out of the Garden. Though God is always there, the aspect of walking with Him was broken. The “Emmanuel” experience ceased.
Matthew 1:21-23 21And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
22So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which is translated, “God with us.”
Jesus entered our world and walked among us. God in the flesh, come to reveal the Father, and to die for our sins. Emmanuel once again.
For every Christian, the Emmanuel experience is one of God’s great gifts to us. What an awesome thing to be able to experience God.
Revelation 21:1-3 1Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
God’s ultimate goal for His children is to once again walk among them and dwell with them. It will be in a fuller sense than what we have now.
What do we see? We see that God’s desire is to “walk” with His people. The Biblical account of God’s interaction with man shows us that He has always wanted to have relationship with man. It started that way. It will end that way. God desires relationship, friendship, and communion with us.
What could be more satisfying, more stabilizing, and more healing than a living, vital relationship with God? What could be more exciting? What could inspire and instill more hope or anticipation for the future? What could better “lift us up”, and make us to be the people that God created us to be?
Dear Christian: May you enjoy friendship with God. It is God’s eternal desire to “be” with you. Don’t allow anything to hinder that. Don’t allow sin to hinder that. Don’t treat relationship with God as a small thing, or a light thing, or as an optional thing. It is a great privilege to “walk with God”. It cost Jesus His life.
Dear friend who might not know Jesus. He wants to forgive you, and fill you with Himself. The Bible tells us our sins separate us from God. The Bible also declares that Jesus offered Himself as a substitute, receiving in Himself the punishment that we deserve. He did that in order to do away with the separating aspect of sin.
One of God’s names is Emmanuel. God with us. That’s why he came. That’s what we celebrate at Christmas. Ask Him to be with you.