God With Us

Uneventful. It was Joseph and Mary that night. Their newborn baby lying in a manger. The written account records no one else being there the night of Jesus’ birth. No animals, no angels. Just a little family. That night, some shepherds paid a visit. A year or two later some magi (wise men, not kings) showed up at the house to see the “child”.  Not much of a reception for God.

Think of it.  Immanuel was born (meaning God is with us), but only a handful of lowly shepherds knew of it. God came to dwell with men and women and no one noticed.  It seems the religious leaders sort of liked him for a moment—when he was 12-years-old. Soon after those same men would despise and reject him.  He would be a man of sorrows; despised and not esteemed.

He came to dwell with men, but they killed him. His promise is still intact—he will dwell with men again. Men and women continue to reject him. But he will return as King of kings and Lord of lords. He will be with us.

The beautiful message of Christmas is not a baby, nor angels, or wise men—not even cattle lowing. It is the promise of God dwelling with man. Immanuel.

Believe in him today for eternal life.  John 3:16

“I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with men.  He shall be with them and they shall be his people, and Almighty God will be with them.  He shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, there shall be no more death. Neither sorrow, nor crying, and no more pain.  The former things have all passed away.”  He who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new!”  He said unto me, “Write these words, for they are faithful and true.”

Merry Christmas.

Author: pastor roger

Pastor Roger is retired Executive Director of Hope Now For Youth. Hope Now is a Christian rescue organization. The ministry helps young gang members get out of the gang life and into a job. He is a licensed pastor in Hope Now Bible Church where he preaches on various Sundays throughout the year and leads an adult Bible study during the week. He serves on the Board of Directors and assists the new executive director as the organization’s Director of Communications and Director of Cambodia Ministries. He graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and he received his certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College. Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70s. In 1980 he began a 24-year career with Berean Christian Stores (now Lifeway Christian Stores). In 2000 he became president of the company and served in that position for four years. He became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth in 2004 and retired from that position in 2018. He has traveled to Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel. In 1975 he married Carol and has two married daughters and eight grandchildren (Six grandsons and two granddaughters). He believes in the U.S. Constitution and supports all efforts to defend it. Roger enjoys learning how to be a better writer, coffee (not tea) reading, playing golf, watching (soon to be World Champions Dodgers) baseball, and hanging out with his grandkids.

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