We joyfully claim the promise of Immanuel, God with us. But we must also confess with Isaiah that our sins are with us. And so coming into God’s presence to worship Him, we must deal with this right away. We often use that phrase, “truth is fallen in the street” as a complaint against the culture that is losing its Christian moorings, and our culture is doing so. But God’s complaint is against us, His own people. When God and sin collide, one must be driven out because God is holy. With no intercessor, we cannot stand before Him. But God has provided one, in whom we can now pray to God, and He will hear us in spite of our sins.