Emmanuel

Into the world You came
Into the world You sustain
Forever You are with us
Forever You are here 

A babe in all it’s frailty
Embracing all our humanity
Forever You are with us
Forever You are here

Emmanuel
Emmanuel
Emmanuel
Emmanuel

It’s a plan from before the world began
It’s a union between God and man
Forever You are with us
Forever You are here

© 2008 Vanessa Kersting

One of my favourite things to do at Christmas is sing carols. I think my all time favourite carol is ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’. The chord progression and melody are so haunting and I am moved every time I hear it. It’s the constant cry of the generations, where are you….? Save us.

The birth and incarnation of Christ is mind blowing. The one who created and sustains all things becomes a baby. Fully human, 10 fingers, 10 toes, needing to be burped, nappies changed, crying, hungry, cold, tired but always both fully God and fully human

Christ entered our humanity and joined all of creation to himself. Fulfilling the plans from the foundation of the world that we might be adopted as sons and daughters (Ephesians 1: 5). You can almost hear all of heaven and creation rejoicing, as the Son of God enters our broken humanity as a baby to undo us. To wrestle with our sin, brokenness and bring us home.

This union between God and humanity can never be undone. It is all fulfilled in Christ.

God is with us.

Emmanuel.