So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:22-23)
God With Us
The birth of Jesus was extraordinary and a great miracle of the power of God. What was impossible was possible through the creative manifestation of the Lord showing through Mary that He could do anything. There is no doubt the virgin birth is a clear demonstration of God’s incredible supremacy unmatched by anything man could do. When the angel came to Joseph telling him of the birth of Jesus, he said the newborn was to be called “Immanuel.” Isaiah had prophesied of the coming Messiah seven hundred years earlier and that His name would be “Immanuel.” Jesus is never referred to this name in scripture but His life is a testimony to what His name meant. Reading the story of Jesus and understanding the place of God’s Son in our life will show how the name Immanuel is a fitting name that will help us see the Father more clearly.
In the Garden of Eden man and God enjoyed a powerful union of fellowship. Sin destroyed that relationship and man would not be able to enjoy that blessing of walking with God in the cool of the day. The punishment for sin was placed upon man but the Lord did not abandon His creation. Immediately God affirmed there would be salvation when He told the devil a Seed would rise that would bruise his head. This promise was Jesus Christ. Throughout the centuries before the coming of Christ, God was with His people. He desired all men to serve Him but sin had a strong hold on man. First the world was destroyed by a flood with only Noah and his family saved. The nation of Israel became the Seed protector but they too fell to the wiles of the devil. Throughout the decline and fall of Israel God was still with His people. He never left them; they are the ones who turned their backs on the Lord. A remnant was saved and God remained constant in His promises to the people.
The coming of Christ was the pinnacle of redemption when the Word became flesh and men could see the power of God working in the man from Nazareth. Jesus showed the love of God in His teaching, miracles, compassion, rebukes, challenges and humility. Everything in the life of Jesus pointed to the Father with the message that God had not abandoned man. The greatest display of God’s promise to save man was when Jesus bore His cross to Golgotha and allowed man to kill Him. Jesus death on the cross was His name: God with us. The cross represents the sacrifice of God on earth to serve man on earth for the penalty of sin. There is no greater love than to see how Jesus died on the cross without sin. The cross is GOD WITH US. But it does not end there. What Jesus fulfilled at Calvary was allowing man to boldly come into the Most Holy of Holies and return to a fellowship with the Father. Removing the veil that separated man from God, Jesus opened the doors of grace so that the children of God could experience redemption. Only in Christ are sins taken away. Jesus is our Immanuel because we have an advocate with the Father that when we sin we can experience the cleansing of God’s love. Jesus is our Immanuel as we partake of the Lord’s Supper. He is our ‘God with us’ when we repent and seek forgiveness. The Son of God is our deliverer when we seek the mercy of the Father because He is always with us.