Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Immanuel Hidden in Plain Sight

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, 
and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). 
Matthew 1:23

Hidden in Plain Sight
In that cool, crisp, quiet, starry night,
The world so still did lay
Waiting for the King of Kings
To come and save the day.

They watched for Him so anxiously
To rule in regal might.
Vanquishing all evil men,
Champion of all in sight.
Leader of great armies,
Battle plans all ready,
Sending soldiers to their death,
A resolve so firm and steady.

And yet our Lord slipped by them
In the guise of a small child.
Born that night among the hay,
Quiet, poor, meek, and mild.

They Call Him Immanuel
God is with us
not to condemn
but to save us
to teach and guide us
to protect and provide for us
to forgive and redeem us.
His grace is upon us
for he lives within us
nurturing holiness,
and righteousness
within our brokenness.
He's the light in our darkness.
His Spirit fills our emptiness
as we rejoice in his forgiveness
and faithfulness.
He is the strength in our weakness
and the heart of our witness.
He is Immanuel—
God with us!
The Lord has blessed us
freeing us from sin's oppression
even before our confession
while deep in our transgression
The Passion was his mission
to make the provision
for his boundless compassion
and intercession.
From the start this was his vision:
Immanuel—God with us!

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