|Seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus, God gave a glimpse of this event to His prophet Isaiah. His message was this: the Messiah would be a son, born to a virgin, and His name would be Immanuel.
In Bible times, names told a story or made a statement. Names were usually combinations of words that created an intended picture, and Immanuel was no different.
Have you ever stopped for a moment to think about what the word Immanuel means?
“Im” is the Hebrew word meaning “with” or “beside,” while the word “el” means “God.” Putting those two together we have interpreted “Immanuel” as meaning “God with us”.
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
When Isaiah prophesied, “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel,” Isaiah was literally predicting that in the future, God would take on human form and live among us. That is exactly what the word Immanuel means “God with us.”
“So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:22-23)
Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy because Jesus was a man and still God. Jesus came to live in Israel with His people, as Isaiah had prophesied. The name Jesus, or Yeshua in Hebrew, means “the Lord is salvation.”
As we countdown to Christmas Day, take a moment to consider the idea of God’s special presence living among His people goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden.
When we feel weak emotionally or spiritually, we need to look at Jesus and remember Jesus came to show us that God is our strength. We can trust Him to always be there with us.