The story of the Bible is a story of presence. We began in the garden with God, then sin drove us out of God’s presence. But the Old Testament is a story of God tracking down his people, and showing them his presence is tents and tabernacles, in pillars of smoke and columns of flame. He wants to be with us again. And that story culminates in today — Christmas, because today we celebrate that the presence of God has found us again, in the form of a baby boy. This is Emmanuel — God with us. In the body of a small baby, the presence of the infinite God who set the stars in motion is here with us. This is a fantasy tale unlike any other. This is a story you couldn’t make up if you tried — and it’s true. God is near, God is here — and nothing will ever be the same.