When the radio popped on this morning (rather too early), I was reminded anew of the depth of theological truth in so many of the old hymns and carols. Bits and pieces of the lyrics drifted through my half-awake mind:
"...Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinner reconciled...
"Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with men to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel...
"Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth..."
It's incredible, unheard of, fantastic. It stretches the bounds of credulity. The God who created and sustains the universe takes on the mantle of the creation. He lives, still fully God but also fully man, and ultimately dies, to offer His fallen creation peace and reconciliation.
The wonder of Christmas - Emmanuel, God with us.