“The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” (John 1:9, NET)
God with us” summarizes the hope of God’s people. Moses expressed it this way: “If your presence does not go with us, do not take us up from here. For how will it be known then that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not by your going with us, so that we will be distinguished, I and your people, from all the people who are on the face of the earth?” (Exodus 33:15–16). Many nations other than Israel claimed to have a god or gods. But the God Israel worshipped actually exists; He is with them.