We give thanks, Eternal God, for Jesus, with this memorable line from the Christmas carol:
That is the Christmas story: Jesus removes the barrier of sin between man and God, and we have fellowship with God. Not a vague sense of God, but a rapport with God.
We give thanks, Dear Father, for Immanuel, for “God with us.” As Jesus said to Phillip:
That is the Christmas story: We see the love, the compassion, the mercy, the seeking heart, the purity of God. In Jesus we see what God is like and what God means for us to be. (William Barclay)
Thanks be to God - for Jesus, Amen.