God with us – the most assuring and comforting truth to sustain when called upon to serve, to come out of every trial and able to defend for every assault. Jesus, the Son of God, has atoned for us, saved us and will bring us safely home. Our hope is built on nothing more and upon nothing less than Jesus Christ and His righteousness. He is our only foundation. When I stand before the judgement seat of God, it will not be with my own strength, but in the faith of Jesus Christ. At one time I was dying, I was sinking, but somehow the Spirit of God found me, caused me to look at Jesus as my crucified Saviour. Then called to follow and live for Him, He took me out of my sin, my pit, my miry clay and gave me forgiveness, peace and hope.
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” – Matthew 1:18-23