The Gift of Joy 

“They shall call His name Immanuel . . . , God with us.”  

By coming to dwell with us, Jesus was to reveal God both to men and to angels. He was the Word of God—God’s thought made audible. In His prayer for His disciples He says, “I have declared to them Your name”—“merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth”—“that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them” (John 17:26; Exodus 34:6). But not alone for His earthborn children was this revelation given. Our little world is the lesson book of the universe. God’s wonderful purpose of grace, the mystery of redeeming love, is the theme into which “angels desire to look” (1 Peter 1:12), and it will be their study throughout endless ages. Both the redeemed and the unfallen beings will find in the cross of Christ their science and their song. It will be