Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (Matt. 1:23)
2,000 years ago, God was manifest in flesh. He came to fulfill an eternal prophecy and the greatest desire of God’s heart: to be with His people.
Jesus’ coming in the flesh was merely the first step of His fulfilling the promise: Emmanuel – the promise to ever be with us. Having come in the flesh, He was for a short time with us as a man in the earth… but that was 2,000 years ago, and now He has gone back into heaven.
But before He went, He made this clear promise: that He would be wih us forever (John 14:16); that His Spirit – the very essence of His being – would come to all those who believed on Him. And this promise is not just for a few, but for all mankind.
In fact, while we sometimes may think that it would be better if He were with us in the flesh as He was so long ago, He made clear that it is actually better for us that He send His Spirit (John 16:7).
Why? In fact, it is only by His Spirit that He can Truly be with us. While a man in the flesh He could be in only one place; we would have to go to Him, but by His Spirit, he can be with all people at all times; He can inhabit your very body and commune with you in your own heart and mind.
One day Jesus was born. He is our perfect example; we may have been born in the flesh – as He was, but we also must be born in the Spirit.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. …Ye must be born again. (John 3:6 & 7b)
Jesus was born in the flesh, and behind the scenes He also was born of the Spirit. Revelation 12:1-5 reveals that while Satan sought to destroy Jesus as soon as He was born (and indeed, this reality was played out by Herod who sought to kill him), yet He was immediately caught up to he throne of God (Rev. 12:5). Caught up to the throne of God in heaven… but in the flesh He remained in the earth.
If you have never been born again – born of the Spirit through faith in Christ, I pray that you will put your trust in Him even today and be caught up to God’s throne in heaven.
Jesus has promised to be with us forever, and He has fulfilled that promise. God desires to be with you, to catch you up into His presence; there to dwell securely with Him forever.