Sharing the Light • Devotion #6: “With Us”

When I think of Christmas carols, I tend to think of a song that is more than one hundred years old. I appreciate their message, heritage, and tradition, but writing strong Christian music is important today. In 2016, Life Church released a newer Christmas carol entitled “With Us.” Verses one and two cover from birth to death and to life again:

Not a king adorned in splendor, robed in glory

But a baby in a manger born to save

Not a warrior who fights His way to power

But a friend who faced the cross to set us free

Wrapped in rags, receive the gift of heaven

With a word You bring the dead to life again

You were there from the beginning of creation

With a promise to be with us in the end

The chorus reminds me of Matthew 1:23, “‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’ (which means, God with us).” Jesus coming to Earth (Christmas) meant God is with us:

You are with us

You are with us

In every moment You are with us

You are Jesus

You are Jesus

In every moment You are with us

The bridge is from Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” It ties Christmas to our lives now:

When we don’t understand

We know You’re working

For our good, For our good

We’re trusting in Your plan

Your purpose always wins

You are with us, You are with us

“With Us” is a great reminder that Jesus is with us even today. In Matthew 28:20, we read, “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Hebrews 13:5 repeats the teaching, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Christmas means God is with us!

“For I am convinced

that neither death, nor life,

nor angels, nor principalities,

nor things present, nor things to come,

nor powers, nor height, nor depth,

nor any other created thing,

will be able to separate us

from the love of God,

which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:38-39

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