Read: Isaiah 7:1-17
Key Verse: Isaiah 7:14
“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” NIV
One of the most exciting times in a couple’s life, is the moment they find out they are expecting a baby. From the minute of finding out this news until the time of birth, an important process takes place; the picking of a name…and then there is the big reveal! Meet ______________!
One of the greatest name reveals there has ever been in the history of mankind was that of our Saviours. This came initially through a prophecy given hundreds of years before His birth by the prophet Isaiah who wrote, “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel”.
Throughout the Bible, Jesus was given many names. He was called the Light of the World, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Son of God, the Promised One, and many others. Each name reflects a different side of His character and helps us to understand who He is. For me, as I think about the numerous names that were given to Him, none brings more comfort to my heart, especially at this time of year, than the name Immanuel.
As we count down the days to Christmas, pause with me for a moment to consider the beauty and depth of this name Immanuel? I am smiling as I think about this isn’t it incredible to consider that when Isaiah, the holiest man in Israel prophesied, “and they will call him Immanuel,” he was literally predicting through this very name that in the future the One who had spoken countless galaxies into being would live in flesh among men, among us. Indeed, that is exactly what the name Immanuel means — “God with us.” And do you know what? He is still God with us.
Christmas is the celebration of Immanuel — It is time to celebrate this truth.
Each time we sing songs like “Joy to the world, the Lord has come” let’s lift the roof in praise -for Immanuel deserves to be celebrated!
One final thought, what if we began and ended each day with the strong belief that God – Immanuel is as His name says, WITH US? How might our lives be different?
By LJ Watt