Today is Christmas Day, and the 4th Sunday of Advent. We’ve studied through the great themes of God’s plan of redemption as they swirl around the birth of Jesus, the Messiah.
In Matthew 1, we read that the birth of Jesus meant that God was now in our midst. The prophet Isaiah foretold that the virgin would bear a Son, and His name would be called Immanuel which translated means “God with us.” Certainly the idea that God would dwell among men was something that has filled the minds of mankind ever since that day. But if we really stop to think about it, is it really a good thing? Isn’t the presence of a holy God dangerous?
Throughout history mankind has actually tried to run away from the presence of God. Psalm 2:1-3 describes the fact that, for the most part, humanity has wanted to sever itself from any accountability to God. In what sense then was the very presence of God on earth something to cheer? Wouldn’t the holiness and power of God pose a great risk to those who sought to li