O Emmanuel – O God with us
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver,
the hope of the nations and their Saviour:
Come and save us, O Lord our God.
Emmanuel means God is with us. And what a way that God chose to be with us, not as King or an emperor. Not coming with an army of angels and fire. But quietly as a little baby, born in a barn to a teenage mother and bewildered (but faithful) father. To a family who soon became refugees and later returned to a humble home in Nazareth. This video from St Paul’s Church in Auckland imagines and explores some of the thinking in heaven behind this idea!