The miracle of Christmas is tied up in this name: Emmanuel. This name first appeared in a prophecy going back 700 years before Jesus’ birth. Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14).
The virgin birth involves a whole series of miracles. We have the miraculous conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit. And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35).
Even though Mary couldn’t understand the supernatural science, she was willing. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word (Luke 1:38a).
In the Gospel of Matthew we read: Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us (Matthew 1:23). This is a direct quote of Isaiah, with the addition of the meaning of the name, Emmanuel.
God with us.
What an amazing concept! God presents Himself in human form—in baby form—to mankind. He lives among us. God with us.
Its significance is enormous. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Philippians 2:6-8). The Creator makes Himself like the created in order to save His own creation. It is awesome, unfathomable.
Jesus means Savior. This was His human birth name. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).
Emmanuel. God with us.
Isaiah’s prophecy adds these names for Baby Jesus: Wonderful Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace (9:6).
God with us.
Jesus said, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world (from Matthew 28:20).
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you (John 14:16, 26).
Emmanuel wants us to be content with His presence. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5). True contentment is in Him.
Do you know Emmanuel? Is the Holy Spirit with you and teaching you?
Are you content in His presence?
Have a Merry Christmas!