"Immanuel: Glory in the Lowest" Matthew 1:20-23 (Advent 2016: The Presentation of the King)

When the angels appeared to the shepherds in the fields, they came proclaiming a message of urgent celebration - "Glory to God in the highest!" That message of God's glory being recognized in the highest places is the one many are familiar with. Throughout repeated scenes in the Old and New Testaments, we see God's glory in the highest - love, joy, power, beauty, and holiness surrounded by angelic company around His throne. However, the unique message of Christmas is contained in the second half of the angelic message - "Peace on earth." Or, stating it another way, "Glory to God in the lowest place." In our celebration of the Christ child, we marvel and respond to the truth of Immanuel: God with us.