God came to earth in the form of a human. God put on an “earth suit” of flesh and was born of a woman so that He could walk among us, and live among us. Jesus is God wrapped in flesh. As I blogged yesterday, it was not a pretty entrance into the world. Real life is seldom pretty and predictable.
The name Emmanuel literally means “God among us.”
Christ Born of Mary (Matthew 1:18-23)
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
“It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you . . . yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.”
~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta