God’s heart in creating man was that He would live amongst people and have fellowship with them. Alone in creation we were made in His image. We read in Genesis ‘He walked with Adam in the cool of the day.’ What a picture of intimacy.
The fulfilment of that desire is one of the key themes of the Bible: after the Fall when the human-divine relationship was dislocated, the Lord sought out, first individuals as friends, & then the nation of Israel as His dwelling place [Leviticus 26:11].
For David it wasn’t enough, he yearned for the Presence, knowing instinctively he was created for intimate relationship. He was a man ahead of his time, a prophet who brought the things of the future into his present. David set up a tabernacle where there was no Holy of Holies, everyone had access to the Ark of the Presence, and the result was a period of unparalleled praise and worship. It was a prophetic demonstration of a time coming when the Presence of God would be accessible to all.
THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS
This is the good news of Christmas: Emmanuel, which means ‘God with us’ – the mighty God has come amongst us and is still with us today, through His Holy Spirit.
The message of Christmas is not that we climb up to God but that He comes down to us and meets us where we are. It is not about sacred places, special services, forms or rituals. There is no specially selected ‘priestly caste’ in this story.
The message of Christmas is not that we climb up to God but that He comes down to us and meets us where we are.
Let’s make sure we don’t get so busy, we miss the whole point!
Take time today to be still, & ask Jesus whose name is Emmanuel, to meet you where you are.