|Posted by Asa on September 25, 2016 at 5:35 PM|
Many times in the Old Testament, God promised to be "with" His People at all times. He famously proclaimed, "Fear not, for I am with you" (Isaiah 41:10). Yet this comes to life in a completely new and amazing way through our Saviour, Jesus Christ ! Isaiah made a prophecy (7:14) saying, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel." - This was given 700 years before Jesus would come.
What a promise ! In Matthew 1 this prophecy was fulfilled. WOW ! His Name was called Jesus, meaning Saviour. Yet the Title given in the prophecy (Immanuel) reveals a little more of who He is and what He would be to us. You may wonder why "Immanuel" wasn't His actual Name, given at birth. Well, it's a little like Michael Jackson. That's His Name, yet they "called" him the 'King of Pop'. In the prophecy, Jesus was "called" (given the title of...) Immanuel, though His Name would really be Jesus. To understand that even further, you could consider the purpose of Hebrew Names. They were like titles conveying deeper meanings. So Jesus being "called" Immanuel doesn't mean it would become His literal Name, but stood to reveal that He is "God with us".
Isn't that AMAZING to consider that in Jesus, God is near. God. The One who created and designed all we see. The One who led Israel out of slavery in Egypt through 10 plagues and the parting of the red sea, leading them via smoke and flame. The One who shut the mouths of Lions for Daniel. This Awesome LORD... "with us"... in and through the Lord Jesus. WOW. "us"? We who sinned and ran away from God in our hearts. We who went astray like sheep. We who loved darkness and fall short of His Glory... Forgiven ! Free to walk in the Light, run the race set before us and mount up with wings as Eagles in The Lord, our Strength !! He is "with us". We pray "Thy Kingdom Come" because we can't reach it by our own efforts. Jesus has come. His Light has entered this world and still illuminates hearts and lives to this very day !!!
No matter what we face, in Jesus (Immanuel), God is "with" us ! He surrounds us with His mercies and wraps us in the embrace of His Grace. Now we have no reason for fear. We can rise up in Him as conquerors. More than conquerors. Say it out loud... "The LORD is with me" !!!