#5152 – God is Emmanuel

Good morning people who Jesus always wants to be close to.

John 14:31 NIV “but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. “Come now; let us leave.”

I love that Jesus can be talking about one thing and He can also be saying multiple things. I also love that Jesus can be talking about a natural thing and at the same time be saying more things spiritually.

The highlighted part of the verse is both for me today.

Jesus is a “Come now” God.

Through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we can now come boldly before the throne of grace! How wonderful is that. We don’t have to get cleaned up before we step into His presence, just like we don’t need to get cleaned up before taking a shower.

Wherever you are, whatever you have done, however unworthy you feel, hear the Lord say, “Come now.”

Jesus is also a “Let us leave” God. I’m drawn to the word ‘us’ in this statement.

Jesus truly is Emmanuel; God with us. He promises to never leave us nor forsake us. He is always ever present. Through the Spirit, He is in us and with us and for us.

King David put this truth in a way that I absolutely love:

Psalms 139:7-12 NIVWhere can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”

Jesus wants us to come to Him and to be with Him. It doesn’t get any better than that!