December 2


Matthew 1:22-23 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”


What does your name mean? My name, Eric, means “kingly warrior”. I love that about myself. I love that I was labeled by my parents as a kingly warrior. My wife Kelly’s name means “excellent warrior”. We have a peaceful relationship, obviously.


Notice Jesus’ name is “Immanuel”. The name His Father in Heaven labeled Him with means “God with us.”


That is profoundly life-altering for you and me! Jesus doesn’t just see us from a distance. He doesn’t just observe from the heavens. NO, He came to earth to be with us. You are never alone because of Jesus. YOU will never be forsaken because of Jesus. He is with you through every trial and trouble. He is with you on the good days and on the bad ones. He never gives up on you or abandons you.


No matter what you are going through today, know that Jesus is with you and there for you. He’s closer than you think.


Write down one place you have to go today where you know you will need Jesus with you. Ask Him to walk with you through that situation to guide you, comfort you, and protect you. 

-An excerpt from See Christ This Christmas by Pastor Eric Dykstra of The Crossing Church