This Week we’ll be singing a new song called “God With Us.”
These three words are three of the most important words in all of history.
What does it mean that God is with us?
It means God entered into the messiness of life. God did not choose to stand at arms length and be distant. He entered in. He engaged in the brokenness of our life. He was born in a barn where farm animals lived (talk about messy). He was born into an incredibly messy family situation. A virgin with Child? Mary was no doubt ostracized by her family. His birth was pronounced to shepherds, who were nomads and homeless.
Christ’s entrance into our world was not clean and simply. It was messy.
And that’s good news.
Because life is messy, isn’t it? Life isn’t simple. Our lives are not perfect. Our families are not perfect. I don’t have to tell you that, satan reminds us of our failures constantly.
Condemnation is one of satan’s favorite tools. You’re a quitter, you’re a cheater, you’re a liar, you’re too fat, too slow, too ugly, not good enough, a failure. The list goes on. He is an accuser.
But satan doesn’t tell us the whole story. What he doesn’t tell you is that the God of the universe is, as Max Lucado puts it, “a God who stoops."
Christ is our advocate. Remember the story in the Bible of the woman caught in adultery? If not, go read it. It’s found in John chapter 8. She was caught in her sin. She was guilty. She was condemned by everyone, except one. Who didn’t condemn her? Christ. Instead, he entered into the messiness. He stooped down to the woman’s level and wrote in the dust.
Christ then told the accusers, “let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” One by one they all left until it was just the woman and Christ. His words to her are beautiful;
“woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?”
No one. He then says, “Then neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Christ stopped to her level and gave her grace. He entered into her world and called her to new life.
Christ willingly entered into the messiness of our world. Hear that again - He wanted to. He did not look at our lives and stand at a distance. He said, “yes, I want him. I want her.”
So much so that I will stoop to their level; because they’re worth it. Because YOU are worth it.
God With Us. That’s hopeful.
Let these words and their implications resonate in your souls this Christmas season.