“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”) (Matthew 1:23).

Let it remain as a matter of faith that Jesus Christ, even He who lay in Bethlehem’s manger, was carried in a woman’s arms, lived a suffering life and died on a criminal’s cross, was nevertheless “God over all, forever praised” (Romans 9:25). He was not an angel, a subordinate deity or a being elevated to the Godhead. He was surely God as God can be, one with the Father and the ever-blessed Spirit. All that God means, the Deity, the infinite Jehovah with us, this, this was worthy of the burst of the midnight song when angels startled the shepherds with their carols, singing, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:14). This was worthy of the foresight of seers and prophets, worthy of a new star in the heavens, worth of the care that inspiration has manifested to preserve the sacred record. This, too, was worthy of the martyr deaths of the apostles and confessors who refused to count their lives dear to them for the sake of the incarnate God. And this is worthy of your most earnest endeavors to spread the glad tidings, worthy of a holy life to illustrate its blessed influences, and worthy of a joyful death to prove its consoling power. God—therein is the glory; God with us—therein is the grace. Let us admire this truth. Let us stand at reverent distance from it as Moses when he saw God in the bush and put off his shoes, feeling that the place where he stood was holy ground. This is a wonderful fact: God the Infinite dwelt in the frail body of a lowly man.

God was in Christ.

Adapted from “In His Presence” (Spurgeon)