God With Us
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
A few relevant Christmas time quotes from a post by Michael Horton.
“The fall did not change the determination of the Triune God to dwell in the midst of his people. However, it did mean that as long as the people were guilty as covenant-breakers, God’s dwelling in their midst could only be the most terrifying prospect. The mere advent of the Holy God in the midst of a sinful people would incinerate the camp.”
“John’s Gospel begins with the eternal Word as God made flesh, pitching his tabernacle no longer outside the camp but in our midst. God would be with us, not only on the edges of the camp to avoid destroying his people in wrath, but “in our midst.” God came to our neighborhood. He became one of us, in fact. The most amazing thing about the first Christmas is that nobody died. Sinners gathered to behold the glory of the Creator of heaven and earth and lived to tell about it.“
“Jesus takes the old sanctuary with him into the grave and on the third day exits the greater exile in a greater exodus once and for all.“