Re: flect-Ing on Jesus as Emmanuel

What brings loneliness into your life?  It might be coming home night after night to an empty house when your heart desires a husband and children. It might be a marriage that is devoid of intimacy and love. It might be the death of a spouse or child, or maybe it is lingering sin within your heart that you feel is beyond forgiveness.  

Loneliness leaves us feeling empty and desolate, yet for the woman who knows Jesus, loneliness should never be a feeling that penetrates our soul and takes root.

 

Think about your life. If you were stripped of all material blessings, of the people who fill your days, would you be left empty and alone? It might feel that way, yet if you are a believer who trusts in Jesus Christ, then this would not be true. Jesus is our  Emmanuel.

 

No matter the circumstances of your life, the struggles that you seem to bear alone, the sin that you must keep fighting, Jesus is with you.

 

When Joseph learned that Mary was pregnant, he must have been filled with a variety of emotions. Has Mary been unfaithful? What would people think? No one understands. He was alone. Yet the angel’s words gave him hope and comfort. “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel –which means God with us” (Matthew 1:23).

 

That is true comfort in the midst of loneliness—God dwelling with us.

 

After the resurrection Jesus promised his followers “I will be with you always even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). He also tells them that after He departed He would ask the Father to give them another Counselor that would be with them forever (John 14:16).

 

If you have not come to believe and trust in the work that Jesus did through His death on the cross, these promises are not for you. Yet, Mark 1:15 says, “The time has come, The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”

 

For you who believe, Emmanuel should fill you with hope in the midst of pain, with joy in the midst of struggles, with fullness even in a life that the world would say is lacking.

 

Can you say with the Psalmist Asaph, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And being with you, I desire nothing on earth” (Psalm 73:25).

 

This Easter, let us be grateful that Jesus is Emmanuel:  God with us.

 

Love, Cheryl