Immanuel

What King abandons his palace to live in the muck of a gutter?
To dwell among them…
What prince denies to have a servant, and instead becomes one to the wretched?
To wash their feet…
What royalty is there, that takes his robes off and puts on the garments of the poor, the weak, the abandoned, and the abused?
To humble himself…
What god of strength would poor out his powers and instead bear the weakness of man?
To die a death on the cross…
Full of righteousness, completely pure, the Holy of Holies resided among us. He resided among the foul, the unclean, the dirt and the grime. He emptied himself and took on flesh. The God who created the universe, the moon and the stars, the God who “In the beginning” started mankind, became a part of his creation- He became a baby boy.

Immanuel

God with us.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

… The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people[c] did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

-John 1:1-5, 9:18

[Christ Jesus] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

-Philippians 2:6-11

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