We understand that God created the depths of the heavens and the furthest reaches of the galaxies, and while we recognize the transcendence of God and his majesty and his greatness, the God who does not reveal himself to us is unknowable and ultimately unlovable. If the only God we have is beyond the stars, what good is he, especially in times like these? We want a God who is near, a God who understands our hopes and fears, our uncertainties and our difficulties. If we look beyond the signs of the Christmas season and turn our eyes into the Scripture, back to the first Christmas, we find a name given to the Christ child, more important than many of us realize, a powerful name that represents an idea that only God could have originated, a truth that he only could bring forward himself, a promise fulfilled with the coming of Emmanuel.
I'm David Jeremiah. Welcome to "Turning Point". The vocabulary of Christmas is very familiar. Words like joy, celebration, worship, festivities, love, gift giving and carols fill our conversations, but there is one word straight from the story of Christ's birth that is the most important word of all. That word is a symbolic name given to Jesus: Emmanuel. Why is Emmanuel such an important word at Christmas? Because of what the name means. It actually means "God with us," and that is what Christmas is all about. You see, Christmas celebrates the moment when the Son of God came to Earth to be with us, to love us, forgive us, and save us. Nothing illustrates Christmas more than the name Emmanuel. So, please join me for this timely message as we learn the many ways God is with us on today's edition of "Turning Point".