baby Jesus

“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 1:23 NIV).

Matthew quotes Old Testament prophecy regarding Jesus several times in his gospel.  Right in chapter one he writes about Jesus and quotes Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore 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,” (NIV).

Just before this Matthew writes about the time that the angel spoke to Joseph when Joseph was planning to divorce Mary because of the baby.  The angel told Joseph, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins,” (Matthew 1:21 NIV).

So the baby born on Christmas is Jesus, the one who will save His people from their sins.  He is also called Immanuel, or Emmanuel, which means “God with us.”  When we choose to trust in Jesus as our Savior from sin, He is with us.  Always.  He is Emmanuel.  He is “God with us.”

It’s amazing to think about.  Jesus left His home in heaven and came here to earth to live with us.  Can you imagine?  God.  With us.  Us!  Why?  Because He loves us so much that He didn’t want to be without us.  It was the only way that we could be saved from our sin.  Our sin that separates us from God.  That separation was not what God wanted.  But that is what we chose.  But God loves us.  We chose sin and He chose to be God with us.

When we trust Jesus as our Savior, He promises that He will always be with us.  Hebrews 13:5 tells us, “…”God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you,'” (NIV).  “God with us” is always with us.  Not just like a friend to go play with at the park, or a shopping buddy, or someone to meet with for lunch.  No.  God with us.  Always with us.  Wow.

God with us.  God with you.  God with me.  When life doesn’t go the way we planned and we don’t feel Him near.  He is God with us.  When we call out and wait, but don’t hear His voice.  He is God with us.  He is God with me.  He is God with you.  He is God with us.  Emmanuel.  And He will never change.  He is “God with us.”

Have you trusted in the one who came to be God with you?  Do you know Jesus?  God with us?  Emmanuel?