As a mom, I never want my children to feel alone. I can’t be in three places at once. I can’t go with my kids to school, or to a friend’s house, and I can’t comfort them in their sleep. There are many places I can’t go to. That’s why I am so thankful that Emmanuel God is with us! He can go everywhere with my kids. He can comfort them when I’m not around.
This week, we continue the blog series about the names of God.
Summer Marrero Cordón shares her thoughts on Emmanuel God is with us.
Summer is a wife and a stay-at-home mom. Summer’s passion is to make the true Gospel known. You can learn more about Summer on her website or in her Bio at the end of this post.
Emmanuel God is with us
As I write this, it’s long past Christmastime. I have put away all the glittery decorations and the joyful tunes of the holiday season are no longer lingering in the air.
It’s been two thousand years since that first Christmas when the Savior was born and was called Emmanuel, but many have wondered over the centuries “Is God still with us?”.
What is the significance of the name Emmanuel?
The meaning of the name Emmanuel God is with us. It was a name given to the prophesied Messiah in
- Isaiah 7:14 (ESV)“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel
- Matthew 1:23 the narrator reminds the reader of the prophecy in Isaiah: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel
Through the virgin birth, God gifted man with His only Son, who was also God. It was the first time God stepped into time for an extended stay and dwelt among humans. He didn’t arrive in all his glory. He arrived quietly, and humbly.
This is truly astounding. The significance of the name Emmanuel should give us all goosebumps.
The holy, eternal God of the universe came down and chose to live among evil men.
He came to save us from the consequences of our sin and offer us eternal life because “God so loved the world” (John 3:16).
“By the light of nature we see God as God above us, by the light of the law we see him as God against us, but by the light of the Gospel we see him as Emmanuel, God is with us.”Matthew Henry
Why is the name Emmanuel important?
In Old Testament times the visible manifestation of the presence of God was called Shekinah or the Shekinah Glory of God.
We see God’s presence first in the Garden of Eden where God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day.
After the fall, God’s presence could only be found between the cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant, when the Law was given to Moses on the mountain and when the people of Israel were led in the wilderness by a cloud by day and pillar of fire by night.
Shekinah means “dwelling or abiding”.
So, when we read in John 1:14 about how “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” we see the importance of the name Emmanuel.
When God became man in the incarnation of Jesus, it meant that God chose a path of redemption for sinful man in the most personal way possible.
Jesus, in veiled glory, fully God and fully man, dwelled among us with the goal to become sin for us on the cross, so that we could become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21).
But it wasn’t just about the cross. Jesus experienced every type of suffering and temptation we suffer today.
For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.Hebrews 2:18
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Not only was Jesus tempted, but He was rejected and ridiculed.
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.Isaiah 53:3 ESV
For God to dwell among us meant to suffer the things we suffer, to feel the pain of loss.
It also means He treasured close friendships and felt compassion for those where were sick and for the hungry.
His divine sight saw through human eyes the hearts of those wandering in spiritual darkness, and he wept.
Imagine being the woman at the well (John 4), or Zacchaeus the tax collector (Luke 19), or the rich young ruler (Matthew 19) for a moment. Sinners having a personal conversation with the God of all creation. That’s us. And that’s our Emmanuel.
In the book, God Came Near**, Max Lucado wrote, “There is not a hint of one person who was afraid to draw near [Jesus]. There were those who mocked him. There were those who were envious of him. There were those who misunderstood him. There were those who revered him. But there was not one person who considered him too holy, too divine, or too celestial to touch. There was not one person who was reluctant to approach him for fear of being rejected. Remember that. Remember.”
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Emmanuel – God with us – is important because in the incarnation of Christ we get a foretaste of eternity with Him. It’s what God wanted all along: To walk with us in the cool of the day for all eternity.
Emmanuel God is with us today
Before Jesus was arrested and began his journey to the cross, He made a promise to His disciples. You see, his disciples, after being with Jesus every day for nearly three years, were troubled by the knowledge that Jesus would leave them. He comforted them by promising to send a Comforter, a Counselor, a Helper.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.John 14:16-18
That promise was for all believers.
God is with us because he indwells us through his Holy Spirit, whose role is to teach us, convict us of sin. He comforts and guides us, helps us in our weakness, and intercedes for us.
God has promised that
- Nothing – absolutely nothing – can separate us from his love (Romans 8:35-38)
- No one can pluck us out of his hand (John 10:28-29)
- Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5-6)
I hope you’re encouraged today that Emmanuel God is with us. He is with you now and forever. Share your thoughts in the comments.