The Names of Jesus in Matthew 1:18-25- Part Two: "Immanuel"
In my last post, I focused on the name "Christ" and mentioned that the revelation of Jesus as the Christ demonstrates God's faithfulness to fulfill His promises. In this post, I would like to begin by briefly examining how God's faithfulness to His promises are brought into greater focus as Matthew 1:22-23 gives an example of a specific prophecy that is fulfilled through the birth of Jesus.
Matthew 1:22-23 reads:
Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
See, the virgin will be with child and give birth to a son, and they will name Him Immanuel , which is translated "God is with us." (HCSB)
In this passage, it is revealed that the birth of Jesus fulfills the Word of God which was given through the prophet Isaiah over 700 years before His birth.
In addition to the faithfulness of God, these verses tell us that God is actually "with us". God is revealed throughout the Bible as the great king of the universe who is holy and just in all respects. By being born in an impoverished condition through the baby Jesus- who, as the Gospel account of Luke tells us, was laid in a manger because there was no room for Him in the inn- God reveals that He also sympathizes with us in our weaknesses. Jesus was with His people in His earthly ministry- His perfect life, His death for our sins, and His resurrection- and He remains with His people through the Holy Spirit, who is given to everyone who trusts in Christ. So that whatever heartaches that we have, whatever hard times that we face, by faith we must must cling to the promise that, in Jesus, "God is with us".