“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
My youngest is a freshman in college 8 hours from home. Karena and I drove with him to school in August. Though he shared the driving duties, when he came home for Christmas break, neither he nor we were comfortable with him driving the full 8 hours, so Karena flew down to drive back with him.
Immanuel means God with us! This is unique. Many try to get to God on their own accord, and spend their life driving by the exit, or running out of gas. Karena did not fly down out of convenience, to make it easy for Jed, but out of love to bring him home. In a much more dramatic way, God came to us. He did so to reconcile us to himself, that is, to bring us home. Trying to get to God can be exhausting, quite literally a work in futility.
After 700 plus years (a much longer drive) God’s promise through Isaiah came to pass. He was with us. The Creator of earth was now on earth, to redeem us, to bring back His creation. As Jesus (who was to be called Immanuel) walked among us, he clearly shared about the narrow path that would bring us home.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:3-6).
Question: Are you lost on this long drive? Will you allow Jesus to be your way home?
Challenge: Read Matthew 28:18. This is the path we are to take as followers of Jesus.
Prayer: Father, thank you for coming to us, and thank you for the promise of bringing us home.