The name Emmanuel is literally “God with us.” This has several applications for us. First off it tells us that God is with His chosen people the nation of Israel. Then it tells us that God is with – present with – the church or the body of Christ as a whole. And finally it tells us that God is with us – His Spirit/His presence – as individual believers.
Please do not think of God – The Creator of the world and all that we know – as a being far away. He doesn’t watch us “from a distance” but is a very present God. (See Psalms 46:1 and Acts 17:27) While He is the God of Heaven, He is also the Creator, Possessor and Sustainer of the earth and all of its inhabitants. (See Genesis 1,2,3) The name Emmanuel is His pledge to be with us. Not as an overseer, acquaintance or part-time caretaker. He is sovereign over all yet able to be known in a real, personal relationship! He is able and willing to bless us – meet our needs and then some. He is able to protect us in times of trouble and sustain us when life is difficult.
So, how does that work or get started? Glad you asked!!!
Jesus – Emmanuel, is also the God of the Heart. Our heart to be more specific. Christians often us the term salvation to describe how they began a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Salvation means “to be delivered.” For Christians that means we have been delivered from the power and penalty of sin. (Rom. 6:23 “The wages of sin is death) Sin or our mistakes no longer have power over us and do not own us. God now does. When we receive His salvation we are freed from the bondage or power of sin in our lives and He pardons our guilt or condemnation. In other words, Jesus paid all of our sin debt when He suffered and died on the cross. Once we receive Him into our heart and lives we truly become His people and He becomes our God. (Hebrews 8:12) As you study or read God’s Word – the Bible, pray or talk to Him and join a local fellowship of believers (that is a church) you will dramatically feel and see a transformation in your life! A life of holiness and faithfulness to God. Your life will become a vessel for God’s blessings and gifts to flow. And others will notice!
But wait – there’s more!
God, through His Son Jesus – Emmanuel, is right here right now. (Jeremiah 23:23) So what does that tell us about our relationship Jesus? First off, He takes care of us in this life. For me the greatest thing about my relationship with Jesus is that it can’t be lost or taken from me. Many things in my life been discarded, stolen, lost, misplaced or broken beyond repair. That goes for relationships as well as material possessions. But not our relationship with Jesus. He will not utterly cast us down. Our current sins may break fellowship with God but not our relationship. Confession and repentance of our sins (admitting to God our wrongs and turning from them to Him) restores our fellowship with Him. (Psalms 37:24 and John 10:28) God also provides the daily necessities of life. Jesus teaches us in the model prayer to pray for daily bread. This means when we ask trust by faith God provides the things we need for everyday living. For instance, God provides us minds capable of thinking and reasoning, healthy – functional bodies, gifts, talents and skills. He helps us with jobs, shelter and a host of other things we need.
Emmanuel – God with Us! How true!!!