““The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).” -Matthew 1:23
Emmanuel, God with us. Jesus has been born. God became man to live among us. He is divine and perfect, yet comes to us in the flesh.
And now the big moment has passed. For today, the day after Christmas, we will probably go about our day normally again, or if we are still off, will just enjoy the quiet simplicity of the day. No heavy meals, no loud celebrations, no thrill of receiving and giving gifts. Some of us may be disappointed that the special day had come and gone too quickly. We get hyped up during the season, buying gifts, decorating, getting everything ready, going to parties, etc…, that we let the day and the meaning of the day slip away too fast.
Know that Christmas isn’t over, Jesus is still here with us. He has come to dwell among us, share our sufferings, forgive our sins, love us to eternity.
Don’t pack away your decorations just yet; savor them at least until the new year, so that you may still feel the warmth of Christmas, the joy of Jesus’ birth. This time until the new year is a time to reflect what Christmas meant to us, and what we should strive for as we go forward. Think deeply about what you love, what you need, what you dream, and what you want to accomplish for the new year.
Let Jesus and the meaning of Christmas dwell in us always. What does Jesus want of us? How can we express our love and gratitude for such a beautiful precious gift as Jesus? We need God more than we know, and now he dwells among us.