Key Verse: 1:23
“’The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’-which means, ‘God with us.’”
Tomorrow is finals week for UIC. For some of you, Happy Finals doesn’t seem appropriate. It can be downright stressful and scary. So I want to say to you Merry Christmas. But do you know that for some, Merry Christmas is not so merry but depressing. This time of year many people find themselves dissatisfied, unfulfilled, anxious, heart-broken and lonely. So what do we do, we try to fill our days with family gatherings, shopping, social clubbing, all night video playing and for those after finals, binge watching, overeating and yes, oversleeping! But no matter what we do, we can’t shake that feeling of emptiness. Well, I have good news for you. Perhaps in God’s wisdom, we celebrate Jesus birth at the end of the year. As the season of advent suggests, we are all longing for his coming, an eager expectation of an arrival. We long for a new birth in our hearts that will fill us with truth and grace. We are reminded of the reason for the season, which is represented by his name, Jesus, the saving of our sins and Immanuel, the grace of being with us. Friends, Christmas is not about presents, but the presence of God.