What if this was your home and not Atlantis, the luxury hotel in the Bahamas with the Michael Jackson suite that rents for $25,000 a night? Would everyday feel like a dream, living in paradise without a care in the world? What if you didn’t just live in Atlantis, but your life was always filled with comfort, peace and a strong presence of God.
What if one day God asked you to give up this perfect, luxurious life to live in a place like this?
You no longer have everything you need and want, but now you live in a place like Haiti. In fact, you didn’t even have a home until you were lucky to find some worn out fabric that you pieced together with sticks to protect yourself from the scorching sun and torrential downpours. You’re also surrounded by hundreds of thousands of other people with needs as great as yours. Your floor is made of mud, you bathe and drink from the same parasite-filled water supply and to add to your heartache, you have to give your children away as servants because you can’t provide for their needs.
Why am I asking you to imagine so much?
Over 2,000 years ago God asked Jesus to leave Heaven, to be “Immanuel – God with us.” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23) It didn’t look exactly like the picture I’ve created, but Jesus did give up His perfect life with the Father to be with us. He didn’t come as a wealthy king, born into a royal family, but he came as a humble servant, born in a stable surrounded by animals and the stench of manure. He came because He loves us. He came to meet our crisis!
Most of us don’t have an extreme physical need like Haitians living in a tent city, but we still have a crisis. The crisis we face is spiritual one and without Immanuel, we are ALL destined for pain and suffering for eternity. Each of us are born physically alive, but spiritually dead and separated from God.
Christ came to live with us, to die in our place, to rise from the dead and to reconnect us to God. Why would God sacrifice His own son, to suffer so much for us? BECAUSE HE LOVES EACH ONE OF US!
“For God so loved the World that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
I’m not sure that I would have had the courage to do what Jesus did and to leave what he had, but I’m sure glad He did. It’s amazing that God loves us that much!
“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”