READ : Revelation 21:1-5
Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people. (v. 3 NIV)
Joseph discovered that his boulevard of broken dreams was, in fact, part of a greater journey to a dream that was bigger than anything he could imagine. Matthew gives us a glimpse of that larger dream when he says, “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’—which means ‘God with us’” (1:22 NIV). Your broken dreams are not the end. They are part of a larger plan. Joseph didn’t understand that any more than we do. Only with the Spirit’s inspiration did Matthew see how Joseph’s broken dreams fit into the larger dream of God.
God’s great dream has always been “Immanuel, God with us.” God had walked with Adam and Eve in the garden, and when sin shattered God’s dream of unbroken fellowship with us, God promised that he would restore it. To Abraham, “I will be your God.” To Moses, “My presence will go with you.” To Israel, “Build a temple and I will dwell there.” Now to Joseph and us, “Call him Immanuel.”
When you find yourself on the boulevard, claim the promise that God’s great dream will come true in the end. Now the dwelling of God is with us. Christmas is the guarantee.
“In hope that sends a shining ray far down the future’s broadening way, in peace that only thou canst give, with Thee, O Master, let me live.” Amen.