In 1990 a movie came out at Christmas time that took the box office by storm. In the years since its release, this movie has grossed over $500 million. The movie is Home Alone starring MaCauley Caulkin. It is Christmas time and the McAllister family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But the youngest in the family named Kevin got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room which is on the third floor of his house. Then, the next morning, while the rest of the family was in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin: he eats all the junk food he wants; he has a pizza all to himself; he jumps on his parents’ bed; makes a mess and doesn’t have to answer to anyone. Then, Kevin discovers two burglars, Harry and Marv, are about to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Kevin acts quickly by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and bring them to justice. He realized he is vulnerable to danger and after protecting his house, he realizes how lonely he is. Being alone without his parents and his siblings is not as wonderful as he thought it might be.
An application can be made to our relationship with God. In the Garden all was fine. Then we decided we could go it alone-we didn’t need God. We have been doing that now for some 5-6000 years. How’s that working out? Anyway, one day we realized we needed to get rid of the emptiness and loneliness. We got homesick. Even in a crowd it is sometimes easy to feel alone.
The name God chose to give His Son in Matthew 1:23 was Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” Jesus never used that name. We don’t find anyone in the four Gospels calling Him that name. It is a title, a description of who He is. But it wasn’t a cameo role He appeared in. It was a full-blown lead part in the play. God with us. He committed Himself to be with us for all eternity. This is more than the Christmas story; it is the Christmas miracle.
What does Emmanuel mean to you? What name of Jesus that we use at Christmas time mean the most to you?