It’s Not Enough

Immanuel

The Prince took off his crown. He set the gleaming band on the table and regarded it. The symbol of all his power. The symbol of who he was: The Prince, the sovereign of the Kingdom. It was time to walk away. There was a price to save his people, and he would pay it.

It was not enough.

He had to become less.

His gaze swept the throne room. The center of his power, where all his glory resided, where he proclaimed judgments and justice and condemnation as his righteousness saw fit. Here his subjects came to give him honor. Here his enemies shook in fear.

He nodded and stepped away, leaving the throne, setting its power aside.

It was not enough.

He had to become less.

The Prince stepped into his home. Here was all his comfort. Here was anything he might desire. Yes, to rescue his people, he would give this up, too. His riches shone around him. No, if he were to stand as their substitute, if he were to ransom them, he must become poor. He took off his robes. His rings. His sandals. Beggar’s clothes wrapped his shoulders.

It was not enough.

He had to become less.

Powerless. Without glory. No honor. No comfort. Poor.

Still, he became less.

He gave up the ability to stand. He fell to his knees, unable to support himself any longer. His head fell to the side, his neck unable to hold it up any longer. He felt thirst and could not raise a cup to his lips. He gave up the power to even ask for a drink. He cried out.

The Prince needed someone to pick him up.

It was finally enough. He had become less. He had set aside so much. And now, at last, now he was able to begin his greatest quest, his greatest desire, his greatest payment.

He became one of us.

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. (Luke 2:6-7)

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