Luke 2:10-11 (NET)  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people: Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord.

Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord. We celebrate the coming of God to be among us men (see Isaiah 7:14,9:6, Matthew 1:23). From that day over 2000 years ago that God came to be with us, God has been with us ever since. After the accession of Jesus into heaven, the Holy Spirit was sent to come and be with the church. This could not have happened if Christ did not come first and ascend to glory (see John 7:39).

The Holy Spirit had been in the world from the beginning(see Genesis 1:2), but all the times we see the Holy Spirit operating in the old Testament, being omnipresent, He was operating on the earth from heaven. But because of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit has come to the earth and is dwelling in the church. He currently operates everywhere in the universe from the church. That is why today, whatever we (the church) bind on earth is bound in heaven, and whatever we loose on earth is loosed in heaven(Matthew 18:18).

Indeed, God is with us because of the coming of Jesus. Everywhere two or three are gathered in His name, He is there in their midst. Don’t take for granted any opportunity to gather together with other people in the name of the Lord. The great possibilities and opportunities in such gatherings are limitless if you understand the power thereof.

Gathering in the name of the Lord means Jesus is the reason you are gathered. It means He is at the center of it all.

Even as we celebrate the coming of our Lord, let us remember to put Jesus at the center of it all so that His power can flow through us.

Go into today remembering to thank the Lord for humbling Himself and coming to be with us.

Prayer: Ask the Lord to use you to bring His salvation to many people in this season of celebration.

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