On Sunday, Eric gave us a tour of one of the names of Jesus Christ to show us that Christmas proves God is fiercely committed to dwell with his people. The name “Emmanuel,” which means “God with us,” gives us the opportunity to wrestle with our own perception of God’s fierce desire. In the gospel narrative we see God, who does not wait for us to climb our way up to him, but instead has made a way to travel down to dwell in the midst of his people.

Read Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:18-23

What is the difference between hearing the word “God” and hearing the words “God with us”?

What has God overcome to be with us?

When do you have trouble believing Jesus’ promise, “Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age”?

Pray for each other, in light of the reality of God, present with us in Jesus Christ.