Deep down, it seems that so many of us believe God is either for us or against us: for us if we do something good and against us if we do something bad. It seems that the prophet Isaiah observed this belief in his peers almost 2800 years ago. In the midst of conflict and strife, God’s people tried to save themselves. It’s like they were running around frantically trying to make God be for them again. According to Isaiah, God had a sign for them and for us: a child named Immanuel, which means “God with us.” This sign gets to the heart of Christmas. It gets to the heart of God’s love. It gets to the heart of what our existence should be.