Emmanuel: The Promise of God’s Presence

Emmanuel means God is with us! What a way to start this series 12 Powerful Names of God. As I’ve shared before, learning about the different names of God gives us profound insights into His nature and character. Each name reveals a specific characteristic of who He is, giving us a better understanding of who God is. Him. Continue to read and discover why Jesus is known as Emmanuel.

Emmanuel: The Promise of God’s Presence

The Prophetic Fulfillment: From Isaiah to Matthew

In Isaiah Chapter 7:14, we encounter a prophecy foretelling the coming of Jesus, referred to as Emmanuel. The verse, starting from verse 13, admonishes the House of David, declaring that a virgin will conceive and bear a son named Emmanuel.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Isaiah 7:14

This prophecy finds its fulfillment in Matthew 1:22-23, where it is reaffirmed that the virgin birth of Jesus aligns with the prophecy, signifying that He is indeed “God with us.”

 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[a] (which means “God with us”).

Matthew 1:22-23

Emmanuel: A Testament to God’s Presence

The difference between these Old and New Testament passages might lead one to assume that God’s presence was absent in the OT, only to be fully realized with Jesus in the NT.

However, this oversimplifies the whole gospel.

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God’s Presence in the Old Testament

In the Old Testament, while access to God’s physical presence was restricted, His presence and involvement with His people were evident.

The construction of the Tabernacle created a way for the people of Israel to have indirect access to God

They would bring a sacrifice to the priest, who would then offer that sacrifice to God.

Despite this indirect communion, God remained intimately involved in the lives of His people.

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Examples from Joshua’s Leadership

Examining Joshua’s leadership journey, we witness God’s unwavering promise of presence. Just as He was with Moses, God assures Joshua that He will never forsake him, urging him to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:5, 9).

This assurance echoes throughout Scripture, emphasizing that God’s presence transcends transitions in leadership or life circumstances.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

A Shift in Relationship Dynamics

With the advent of Jesus, a profound shift occurs in the dynamics of humanity’s relationship with God. The tearing of the temple veil symbolizes unrestricted access to God’s presence through Jesus Christ.

Also, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit post-Jesus’ ascension ensures continuous communion between God and His people.

God’s Ever-Present Assurance

In Romans 8:38-39, we find an unequivocal declaration of God’s perpetual presence and unwavering love.

Nothing, not even death or earthly powers, can sever the bond between God and His children. This assurance provides comfort during life’s trials, reminding us that God remains steady regardless of external circumstances.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

The Great Commission and the Promise of Presence

In Matthew 28:16-20, as Jesus commissions His disciples, He assures them of His enduring presence. Though His physical form will depart, His Spirit will abide with them, empowering them to fulfill the Great Commission.

This promise shows the constancy of God’s presence amidst transitions and challenges.

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:16-20

Conclusion: Emmanuel—God with Us

The name Emmanuel demonstrates the truth of God’s abiding presence. Whether in the Old Testament or the New Testament- God has always been and will always be with His people.

As we navigate life’s transitions and uncertainties, let us take comfort in the assurance that Jesus is indeed Emmanuel—God with us, now and forevermore.

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