© 2012 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
Jesus’ birth fulfilled God’s prophetic word through Isaiah: “‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel’ (which means, God with us)” (Matthew 1:23). The meaning of that name runs deep.
It means that God became a man. Eternally existent, the Son of God “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:1,14). Though He was rich, for our sake He became poor (2 Corinthians 8:9). The God of the universe became a baby and grew to manhood, facing all the struggles that we do. God is with us.
The name means that God kept His promises. Beginning in Genesis 3:15, God repeatedly pledged the coming of a Savior. Jesus fills that role. God is faithful. God is with us.
“Immanuel” means that God has shown us Himself. What is God like? Look at Jesus; “He has made Him known” (John 1:18). Being of the same essence, Jesus could say, “Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). “He is the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). In Jesus, God is with us.
That wonderful name means that God has taken care of our sin. “Immanuel” describes the nature of Jesus among men. The name that He wore every day—“Jesus”—pinpoints His role: “You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). The reason Christ Jesus came into the world was to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). God is with us.
That blessed name assures us that God knows how it feels to be us. Jesus shared in flesh and blood and experienced what we experience. Without a doubt He can be sympathetic, merciful and faithful (Hebrews 2:14-18, 4:15-16). God is with us!