When Jesus entered this world, He didn’t enter as a rich king. He entered in the most humbling conditions – born in an animal stall, laid in a bed of hay. A short time later, due to an outburst of violence, Jesus and His family fled to Egypt as refugees. As a man, Jesus was rejected by many, even to the point of being executed by His own people and government, even though He never did anything wrong. But that’s not the end of the story. Jesus rose from the dead and lives victoriously. Emmanuel means God with us, and it is the reassurance that we have a God who loves us and can empathize with our trials. Emmanuel is also a promise that for everyone – no matter where you’re from or what you’ve done – that calls on Jesus will be saved. Come, o come Emmanuel… especially for the least of these, and use your people to be your hands and feet.
Music: “On the Way” by Val Nebbia