Devotion for Monday after the Second Sunday in Advent

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

Immanuel—”with us is God.” Jesus was called Immanuel because He WAS God with us. Although He was fully man, He was also fully God. God Himself—the omnipotent, omniscient, almighty Creator and Sustainer of the universe set aside His majesty and glory and humbled Himself to come to earth as a tiny child, the son of a virgin. We humans don’t like to give up any power or acclaim that we might have, but God gave it all up for our sakes. Jesus, though, is now seated at the right hand of the Father in all His glory, and when He returns, He will come in glory.

Almighty and everlasting God, it amazes me that You want to be with me. Jesus came to earth to be with us, and the Holy Spirit lives in the hearts of those who love You. God with us, and God in us. I have known You my entire life, and yet I cannot comprehend how much You love me. Give me a grateful heart, and let me never take You—Father, Son, Holy Spirit—for granted. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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