In June of 1969 an amazing event took place when man touched down on the moon for the first time in history. To me, it still seems to be an unbelievable event.
But that touchdownpales in comparison to another touchdown when God touched down on planet Earth with the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s Son. The message of Christmas in a nutshell is “Immanuel,” God with us.
Now we move into the Epiphany season of the church year, with the baptism of our Lord in the “muddy waters of the Jordan River” where Jesus was baptized. Our God who came to us at Christmas stands with all of us in the “muddied waters” of this world. Jesus’ baptism was his inauguration to a ministry of three years in our midst, preaching, teaching and healing, culminating in his death on the cross and resurrection on Easter.
The question is often asked by kids and adults alike: “What is God like?” It is this Epiphany season that the answer comes as week by week we learn just who this Jesus is and why he came into the world. We worship a God who loves us and a God who walks with us everyday. No matter how far we’ve strayed or how “muddied” our lives, God cares about us, calling us daily to follow and walk with him through this gift we call “life.”
Yes, we have not been abandoned — we have not been left alone to fend for ourselves. Again and again the message of Christmas comes through — “Immanuel,” God with us.
Rejoice in this loving God, right on into eternity.