The One Called Immanuel

…the Lord himself will give you a sign:  The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. — Isaiah 7:14 (NIV)

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:  “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” –which means, “God with us.” — Matthew 1:22-23 (NIV)

Some say it never happened.  Some say it is a myth.  Some say that there was no virgin birth, that it was impossible.  They discount the supernatural and God’s ability to bring about that which Isaiah had prophesied centuries before.

Mary could hardly believe it herself.  Luke 1:34 says, “‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?'”  She heard what the angel said and comprehended it.  She just didn’t understand how it was even possible.  It’s not that she doubted God’s messenger, she just couldn’t wrap her mind around what she was hearing.  The angel reassures her in Luke 1:37, “…nothing is impossible with God.”

Matthew believed it.  The Holy Spirit inspired Matthew to write those verses.  Isaiah wrote the prophecy and Jesus was its fulfillment.  He was the One called Immanuel.  Matthew recognized it in the person of Jesus Christ.  He was born of a virgin’s womb.  I love the fact that Matthew defines the word “Immanuel” for those who were unfamiliar with its meaning: “God with us.”  John verified it as well in chapter 1, verse 14 of his Gospel, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  Jesus was God dwelling on earth with people.  He was Immanuel.

I believe it.  He was not only with the people of the Bible.  He was not just with His disciples and the people of Palestine.  Jesus is still with us.  He is still Immanuel.  He said, “…surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b, NIV).  He was and is with His people.  He will never leave us nor forsake us.  He was and is the One called Immanuel.

PRAYER: Thank You, Father, for sending Your Son, Immanuel. Thank You for being with us always, Lord Jesus. We need You in our lives and in our world. Thank You for Your promise to never leave us nor forsake us. Amen.


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