Several years ago there was a popular song with lyrics like “if God was one of us” which sang about how if God was like one of us then God would understand how hard life is here. The meaning behind that song seemed to be that if God did come down here, then God would have more compassion for us. The good news is that God did become one of us at a time when there wasn’t even a bus for God to be a stranger like in that song.
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). This passage from Matthew 1:23 shows us who Jesus is. He is Immanuel or God with us. Jesus came as a human baby born in a stable among animals. He lived life here for 33 years and experienced many of the hardships that we do. God with us does not just mean that He experienced this life though. It means that He is literally with us. He is always with us everywhere we go. There is not a single second that He is not with us.
Jesus said something that gets my attention in John 14:23, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” Jesus is God with us and if we respond to Him and obey His teaching, He and the Father will make Their home with us. Home conveys the sense of belonging. Home is where we belong. It is where we ae loved and cared for no matter what happens in life. Jesus is saying we can have our home with Him and the Father.
It is not simple a matter of God becoming one of us. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us, at all times. We can also have our home with Him. We can belong to Him and the Father. Jesus said “Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me” This Christmas Jesus is knocking at our door. The question is not if God was one of us. The question is will we open the door and let Immanuel in and have dinner with Him. Will we make room for Jesus and the Father to make their home with us?