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November/December 2021

Immanuel – God With Skin On

It was a dark and stormy night. Thunder rolling. Lightening flashing. A family was sleeping. After one booming clap of thunder, the little son yelled out from his room, “Daddy! Daddy! I’m scared.”

The father replied, “Don’t be afraid. God is with you.”

The son yelled back, “I know God is here, but I need somebody with skin on.”

Isn’t that what we often need, and want, in our lives – somebody with “skin on” - to pray with us, hold us close, tell us we are loved, offer forgiveness, just be there?

That’s exactly what God did.

Jesus - God’s Only Son, One-Third of the Trinity, Messiah, Redeemer, Supreme Sacrifice, King of kings, Lord of lords, Savior - clothed Himself in flesh, in skin, in humanity so we would know that Somebody with “skin on.”

As Christians, God’s Forgiven People, the Redeemed, we are called “the body of Christ.” (Romans 7:14; 1 Corinthians 10:16 & 12:27; Ephesians 4:12) As Christ lives in us, works through us, speaks to us, we are the human representation of the Risen Savior – with “skin on.” Our words, actions, thoughts must be Christ-like; we must truly be Christians, His flock, His Church, His Body with “skin on.”

Jesus commanded and commissioned us to GO & TELL! As His praying, moving, breathing, loving, caring, embracing Body, we can show the world our Savior, our Messiah, our King Who loves them and died for them. We are to be Jesus with “skin on” to a world who wants and needs someone to be with them as they seek Hope.

This Thanksgiving and Christmas season, let us be more like Christ, asking “What Would Jesus Do?” and sharing His message of Hope, Love & Forgiveness with our family, friends, neighbors and communities. Let us be Jesus with “skin on” to a world that is scared, confused, hurt, abandoned, unloved and needing Jesus, our Hope, Immanuel, God with us.