O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God.
Emmanuel… GOD WITH US. God with us. Not God somewhere out in some abstract celestial sphere. Not God who lives in a temple to whom we must bring offerings. He became a man. And as John Donne said “no man is an island.” He couldn’t be a man without us. As a man, he had to live with people. He was “pleased as man with men to dwell” (Hark the Herald Angels Sing).
But he wasn’t just a man. He is the king, the giver of the law, the desire of every human heart. He is our only Savior, the God who can set us free. On Christmas, we celebrate His coming as a man. Or more accurately, as a tiny little boy. One day, whether at the end of each of our lives or the end of time, we will celebrate His second Coming. When he comes again, he will set us free, and we will be with God.
Have a blessed Christmas!