"Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain."
~Psalm 127:1

December 23, 2013

Emmanuel: Advent Dec. 23

"This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Joseph, her fiancĂ©, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.
 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.  And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:
'Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
    She will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel,
    which means ‘God is with us'.”       -Matthew 1: 18-23

Immanuel.  Emmanuel.  God with us.

I've been wondering, what did the angels think?  When they heard that God was sending His Son to earth in the form of a baby.  A bare, breathing human.  The most vulnerable thing in the world.

How many times did they hold their breath as He scraped a knee or had a cold.  Wanting to comfort Him in their arms, but watching as His earthly parents cared for Him in the best way that they humanly could.

Knowing what would ultimately come.  The pain, the blood, the death that would provide The Way to deeper intimacy with the Father.

The victory.  Over death and the devil.

All because our God, so huge, came so small, as a vulnerable infant.  To be with us.  To live the lives we live, to have the emotions we have, to be vulnerable like we are.  So that we could have hope.

"O come O come Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice rejoice Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel

"O come Thou Dayspring come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight
Rejoice rejoice Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel

"O come Desire of nations bind
All peoples in one heart and mind
Bid envy strife and quarrels cease
Fill the whole world with heaven's peace
Rejoice rejoice Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel"  ~O Come O Come Emmanuel

Ps.  The video above is by The Piano Guys, they are so good!  They have a bunch of other fun videos on YouTube.

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