Emmanuel

It’s Christmas Eve. Churches everywhere have special services planned. Nativity scenes are all over the place. The spirit of the season is palpable. It’s a wonderful time of year! But what happens next week? What happens to love, joy, kindness, giving after we all get back to our daily routines after the holiday?

What is something from this season that you wish we were better at carrying with us throughout the whole year?

Mine is our focus on the presence of God and Christ right along side us all the time.

Matthew 1:23 and Isaiah 7:14 are very commonly quoted passages this time of year. 

And what an awesome gift it was. Jesus did not consider his throne in Heaven as something to be held on to. He voluntarily let it go to come live here with us. But his presence with us wasn’t temporary.

What did Jesus say before he ascended back to his throne in Heaven? Matthew 28:20b – “…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 

The namesake of this blog carries a similar message. “Maranatha” is found in 1 Corinthians 16:22. It carries a meaning of either a plea for our Lord to come, or as a declaration that our Lord has come.

Indeed he has come. And he is with us always. His presence is there. We don’t have to pretend, and we certainly shouldn’t forget, no matter the day of the year! And we eagerly await his return!