“…..Immanuel, which is translated, “God with us” (Mathew 1:23).
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I hereby extend my loving Christmas greetings to all of you, members of the ‘Antantulla Appam family.’ May Immanuel born in Bethlehem be with you and bless this day a happy and blessed one!
How blessed we are for God who created the heaven and the earth is with us as Immanuel! He who said ‘I will not leave you nor forsake you’ became Immanuel to dwell in us always. He is not only with us but also within us. He has promised, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Mathew 28:20). The greatest of the blessings is for Him to renounce the heavens of heavens and come to stay with us, the people of the world.
A photograph of an army commander was hanging in the front room of his house. Some days ago, his home was shaken on hearing the news that he had died in a bomb blast. His young son stood before the photograph of his father and was saying with tears rolling out “Father, come down alive from your photograph and make me happy.” No one was able to console him. The boy who had lost the love and warmth of his father stood like an orphan and this scene broke the hearts of all the people around.
Suddenly they heard a sound of someone knocking the door. He was unable to believe his eyes as his father was standing there with a smiling face. He explained that here had been some mistake in identifying the dead bodies in the bomb blast and that resulted in the news of his death being spread. The boy jumped in joy and said “My father is alive. He will not die.”
Jesus who descended as a child turned as Immanuel for staying with us forever. Further, He is the one to be with us and within us. “To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). You can feel the presence of Christ always through the Holy Spirit. You can walk, holding His hand. While you talk with Him, you can hear the voice very clearly at the bottom of your heart.
Wherever you go, the divine presence, the divine face, the divine power, the divine grace and the divine compassion will ever keep following you. “For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you” (Isaiah 54:10).
To meditate: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).