Immanuel: God With Us
Each year, as Advent comes around, there is some new truth about the reality of God becoming man and dwelling with us that God gives me to ponder and meditate on throughout that season. This year, the new truth came unexpectedly as we were sitting in the first Advent service at church. My boyfriend, Joseph, leaned over and said: “Sometimes, it feels so hard to grasp that idea of God of all Creation as a microscopic human being – God with us. It feels like it just slips through my fingers and I wish I could hold it.” I couldn’t help but agree.
Then the image of Jesus’ wounds – in His hands, His feet, His side – filled my mind. And it struck me: Jesus’ “woundability” made His humanity tangible to us.
Jesus was literally graspable.
This blows my mind. Would you ponder it with me for a second?
The One who saw you and billions of others before the foundations of the world; the One whose hands made, molded and fashioned each of us; the one who gave you fingerprints that are completely unique to you, willingly made Himself vulnerable to those hands He created. The God who holds the world let Himself be held in those hands. The God who sustains let Himself be fed by those hands. The God who owns everything received gifts from those hands. The God who shows compassion let those hands wipe tears from His eyes.
The God who heals allowed Himself to be beaten, scourged, and whipped by those hands. And then, the hands He breathed life into were used to take His life.
God couldn’t possibly be with us more than this.
And isn’t it just like our Jesus to rise from death back to life and keep those wounds – not to remind us of our guilt, but to remind us of His love; not to condemn us, but to free us. The wounds He carries not only prove He is alive and defeated death. They prove that because He is, we now have life too.
The hands He created can now take on new life and purpose and be a tool of healing.
“And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24
By His wounds, you are healed.
Because Jesus was graspable. Because God is with us.
Hannah Ellenwood is the Communications Director of the Rooted Network. She believes that story has the power to create positive impact and rich cultural experiences. So, she loves to come alongside and empower individuals, teams, and brands to tell their stories, make meaning out of them, and connect to a greater narrative. Read her blog The Dented Life here.