Monday – Jesus is God with Us
By Paul E. Collier
“Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory—the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father.” John 1:14
This concept of “God with us” is so important in our walk with the Lord. It makes it so much more personal. Isaiah prophesied about the birth of Christ and how He would be called Immanuel, God with us! In our opening verse, it says He took up residence among us. The Son of God literally “tabernacled” among us, as one of us; He “set-up his tent” in our camp! God showed us His glory and offered His grace and truth.
Under the Old Covenant, the Tabernacle represented the presence of God, but now, under the New Covenant, Jesus Christ is God with us. He is not merely a symbol of God with us; Jesus is God with us in person. Jesus is not a partial revelation of God; He is God with us in all of His fullness: “For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.” Colossians 2:9) It gets even better!
Jesus is not only God with us but also God in us. Galatians 2:20 says: “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.”
Then when Jesus was leaving the Earth, He wasn’t leaving us “empty-handed!” He sent the Comforter (called alongside), the Holy Spirit, to dwell in us. The Holy Spirit carries on the role of Jesus as teacher, revealer of truth, encourager, comforter, intercessor, and God with us.
He has DONE EVERYTHING for us in order that we can bask in His presence. We have no excuse. We have the power to enter in His presence or not. It boils down to a life of intimate fellowship with Him or life on the fringe of His grace and truth. You can make that critical decision in your life today.
In our Lambaré church plant in Paraguay, I remember Miriam very clearly, a mother of one of our members. She came often and always had something to ask or say to me after the services. She was struggling. She was clinging to her religion and at the same time seeing God’s power and presence in the lives of the believers and in the Word. Her biggest complaint was that she could NOT understand the Bible. Well, Miriam trusted in Christ and she was transformed. She couldn’t get enough of the Word of God and marveled at His presence in her life. She made the clear choice and was glad!
Bible Reading Plan - Day 1