All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
For thousands of years, man had only one way to approach God. They would bring an offering to a priest who would consecrate it as a sacrifice. Period. That was it. No other way.
But through it all, no matter what they’d done, they could always smooth their guilt with this little excuse: God just doesn’t understand what my life is like.
Then, this little baby was born. The baby that would be named Immanuel. God with us. And we would never, ever have that excuse again.
No matter what life brings, we can’t act like God just doesn’t understand. Because He does. That’s the beauty of what the Messiah came to do. He experienced every joy, every temptation, every triumph, every pain that we will ever come across.
So what’s the meaning of Christmas? Christmas is the moment God chose to step into the mess of my life and begin to clean it up.
Regardless of how messy your life is, the Messiah has seen worse. He has been tempted by worse. And He has endured worse.
Now is the season to stop making excuses for the mess that surrounds you. It’s time to let Immanuel step in and start cleaning.
Because your Savior is Immanuel, your future is cleaner, brighter and better than your past has been.