“Emmanuel – God with us.” We hear and read these words,
particularly during the Advent and Christmas time.
Matthew 1:22-23 tells us, 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.”
The past few months we’ve looked at familiar portions of Scripture, of
God’s Word to us. Today, we look at the Word of God, the One the
prophet Isaiah proclaims in 7:14; the One John describes in his gospel: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . and the Word became flesh and lived among us (John 1:1 and 14).
What does it mean, “God with us?”
A song that describes this is “God with Us” by Bryan and Katie Torwalt. Read the words from the 1 st verse:
You are matchless in grace and mercy, there is nowhere we can hide from Your love. You. are steadfast, never failing, You are faithful, creation is in awe of who You are.
The chorus follows: King and our Savior, for eternity we will sing of all You’ve done. We sing God with us, God for us, nothing can come against, no one can stand between us.
God with us. Billy Graham once wrote, “One of the most heartening things Jesus said to His disciples was, “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20). He came to restore fellowship between man and God, and to take away human loneliness. Jesus Christ will take away loneliness from your soul. He will be your companion and friend.”
We live in times that find us desperate for direction, desperate for peace. God the Father not only created us in His image, He personally came and lived with us – loving us so much He eventually died in our place – our sin now forever forgiven and eternally forgotten! In the power of His Holy Spirit, He now guides us, empowers us and keeps us – forever with Him.
How? We read in Colossians 1:15-17, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things; and in Him all things hold together.”
The One who created us, who created everything we know and so much more than that, knows each of us by name. He calls us. Each day is a day to walk with Him – and He with us. He knows everything about us, and He longs to be with us.
Walk each day with Him – the One called Emmanuel – God is indeed with us.