He is God,
but He is God with us.
He is bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh—a Brother born for adversity.
And here the most trembling may be at rest.
God in our nature is a grand prophecy of salvation and bliss for us. Why has He come down to us but that we may come up to Him? Why has He taken our nature in its sorrow, but that we may be made partakers of the Divine Nature in righteousness and holiness? He comes down, not to thrust us lower, but to lift us to heights of perfection and glory!
...It may be that your heart is in such a ferment of grief that you know not what you think, but are like a man at his wits’ end.
...You look up, but the heavens are as brass above your head.
Your prayers appear to be shut out from God’s ear. You look around you upon the earth and behold, “trouble and darkness, and dimness of anguish.” Your every hope is slain and your heart is torn asunder with remorse and dread. Every hour you seem to be hurried by an irresistible power into greater darkness, yes, even into the eternal midnight.
In such a case none can give you comfort save Immanuel, God with us! Only God, espousing your cause and bearing your sin, can possibly save you!
Look, He comes for your salvation!
Behold, He has come to seek and to save that which was lost!
God has come down from Heaven and veiled Himself in our flesh that He might be able to save to the uttermost.
He can save the chief of sinners—he can save you. Come to Jesus, you that have gone furthest into transgression, you that sit down in despondency, you that shut yourselves up in the iron cage of despair. For such as you there shines this star of the first magnitude!
Jesus has appeared to save and He is God and Man in one Person—Man that He may feel our woes—God that He may help us out of them!
No minister can save you! No priest can save you—you know this right well—but here is One who is able to save to the uttermost, for He is God as well as Man!
The great God is good at a dead lift. When everything else has failed, the lover of Omnipotence can lift a world of sin! Jesus is almighty to save!
That which in itself is impossibility is possible with God.
Sin which nothing else can remove is blotted out by the blood of Immanuel.
Immanuel, our Savior, is God with us—and God with us means difficulty removed and a perfect work accomplished!
~ C.H. Spurgeon