Jesus, God with Us

Posted by Ed Russ on

Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us). - Matthew 1:23 ESV

Our God is with us. I hope those very words refresh your heart and spirit! Part of my story of following Christ is that there was a time in my life when I lived in loneliness and fear. Really, I was afraid of being lonely. I filled that loneliness with girlfriends, sports, friendships—anything I could find to occupy my mind and time. Nothing worked, though.

After my girlfriend broke off our relationship, I realized I was living my worst fear: loneliness. In desperation I accepted her invitation to a Bible study on our college campus. The Bible study was focusing on the Old Testament book of Nehemiah. Immediately I could tell these people knew God as if He were real—as if He were their personal friend. They spoke of Scripture as not just something to know, but also to be lovingly obeyed.

That night my life changed. God met me in a way I had never experienced before, and He put me on a journey to discover who He truly is—that He is not simply a God who is out there, but He is near to us (to me, to you). He is so near, in fact, that there is nowhere we can go from His presence! (Check out Psalm 139.)

A couple of months after that Bible study, on a Friday night in my dorm, I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I was alone on a Friday night, which before would have been terrible for me. This was different because I understood I was not alone, but God was with me. Our Savior is Immanuel, God with us. He is with you right now!

Submitted by:
Ed Russ

Grace Community Church
Raleigh, North Carolina

One-Year Bible Reading
Daniel 8:1-27
1 John 2:1-17
Psalm 120:1-7
Proverbs 28:25-26

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