“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14 (ESV)
One of the great comforts for believers is that regardless of the difficulty of the day we know our mighty God is with us. In Charles Spurgeon’s 1854 Christmas eve sermon, he underscored that wonderful truth to those in attendance at New Park Street Chapel in London.
“He, who was from everlasting to everlasting, came to this world of time, and stood upon the narrow neck of land betwixt the two unbounded seas.
‘God with us:’ He has not lost that name, Jesus had that name on earth, and He has it now in heaven. He is now ‘God with us.’
Believer, He is God with you, to protect you; you are not alone, because the Savior is with you.
Put me in the desert, where vegetation grows not; I can still say, ‘God with us.’
Put me on the wild ocean, and let my ship dance madly on the waves; I would still say, ‘Immanuel, God with us.’
Mount me on the sunbeam, and let me fly beyond the western sea; still I would say, ‘God with us.’
Let my body dive down into the depths of the ocean, and let me hide in its caverns; still I could, as a child of God say, ‘God with us.’
Yes, and in the grave, sleeping there in corruption, still I can see the [footprints] of Jesus; He trod the path of all His people, and still His name is ‘God with us.’
… Now, a happy Christmas to you all; and it will be a happy Christmas if you have God with you.”
You can read the entire sermon here.