He will be called Jesus and He will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). (Matthew 1:22-23)
Isaiah is the prophet Matthew is referencing. Over 700 years earlier, he said: Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
At the time of Joseph and Mary, the promises of Immanuel seemed hollow, hopeless, and somewhat unbelievable. It’s in that moment God shows up and makes good on His promise. A promise He has declared since the beginning (Exodus 3:11-2; 13:21-22).
Immanuel – God with us
- God with us means rescue
- 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.(Matt. 1:21)
- Jesus was God’s solution to the separation that existed between humanity and Himself.
- Through Jesus, God screamed I will do anything to rescue you. He came to die a brutal death, but was raised three days later in a beautiful resurrection.
- John 3:16; Romans 1:16
- God with us means relationship
- God does life right alongside us. No matter how desperate conditions get, we can know God is with us.
- In this difficult Covid season be reminded that God is with you.
- The world may feel out of control, but He is still in control. The world may seem hopeless, but He is the one filled with hope. The world is changing, but He is the one who never changes.
- You might be walking through the valley – He is with you. (Psalm 23:4)
The wilderness (1 Kings 18-19)
- You might be walking through the wilderness – He is with you. The wilderness is a metaphor for a barren place all throughout scripture.
- The prophet Elijah experienced a wilderness moment right after having one of the best moments in his life. (1 Kings 18-19)
- Elijah gave up and prayed a prayer many of us have said, “I’ve had enough Lord.” (1 Kings 19:3) That is something every one of us has said in this Covid season – I’m done, I’m spent, I can’t take it anymore.
- It’s the smallest things that can throw us and cause us to land there.
- So many of us think we are just tired. If that were true a nap would solve the problem. We are not so much in need of physical rest as we need spiritual replenishment.
- God replenished Elijah and told him to go to the mountain of the Lord (Mount Horeb) where He wanted to meet with him. (1 Kings 19:8-9).
- The Lord showed up not in the wind, not in the earthquake, and not in the fire, The Lord showed up in the whisper. (1 Kings 19:11-12)
- Do you ever wonder why God shows up in the whisper? God whispers because He is close. Because He is right there with you. Because He is Immanuel God with us.
- Matthew 11:28
Whatever you may be facing today – walk in the promise: God is with you!