“The two stood facing each other. God robed in light, Satan canopied in evil. Satan rose slowly off his haunches. Like a wary wolf, he walked a wide circle toward the desk until he stood before the volume and read the word: Immanuel.
“Immanuel?” He muttered to himself. “God with us?” He turned squarely toward the face of the Father. “No. Not even you would do that. Not even you would go so far. The plan is bizarre! You don’t know how dark I’ve made the Earth. It’s putrid. It’s evil. It’s…”
“It is mine,” proclaimed the King. “And I will reclaim what is mine.” “Why?” asked Satan. “Why would you do this?” The Father’s voice was deep and soft. “Because I love them.” (Cosmic Christmas by Max Lucado)
I have found Lucado to be a writer who stimulates my imagination in a wonderful way. His adaptation of the Christmas story is one I enjoy every year. And every year, I always pause at this point and let my mind imagine this scene taking place.
It is the truth of the season. I believe sometimes each one of us have difficulty trying to comprehend what we proclaim: Immanuel, God is with us! We ask why God would even consider coming into our world. And the answer sounds forth in loud exclamation and quiet whispers: for God so loved the world that he gave.
As we travel the Christmas season together, may the truth of God’s coming empower you for living and call you to praise and worship of God Almighty! Immanuel! God with us!