War and politics. This is a story of three kings. The king of Syria and the king of Israel team up against the king of Judah.
You and I may not be kings of ancient middle-eastern nations. But this is also a story of betrayal and vulnerability. I don’t know about you, but I know those all too well.
And it’s into this situation of darkness, loneliness, despair, and weakness that God promises a baby who will be named Immanuel, which means God-With-Us. This vulnerable and helpless child will be the reminder that God is not an aloof or absent deity.
This God is the God who is with us.
God. With. Us.
Can you imagine the profound implications of this?
It’s no wonder then when writers of the New Testament recalled the stories of Jesus, in an age of oppressive Roman occupation, they remembered this part of Isaiah. This baby, this person, would be a living reminder that God is with us.
Are you a person like that? Are you an Immanuel in all the places you go? Do people see you and remember that God is with us?