God with Us
Then Joseph, Mary’s husband, knew that his wife was pregnant and he needed to protect her reputation. “While he thought about these things, behold, an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you and your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21)
There is no one in history that has been given more names or titles than Jesus Christ. If you’ve read through the Bible carefully then you know what I mean. Throughout the pages of Holy Writ over 100 names and titles are given to Jesus. And whether He is called “Bright morning star, Wonderful Counselor, the Root of Jesse, the Alpha and the Omega, or the Lamb of God”, each of these names and titles is rich with meaning. They all say something significant about who Jesus is. However, there is one name that is very significant this time of year “Immanuel“. This name, which Matthew refers to in his Gospel (Matthew 1:23), was first given to Jesus by the prophet Isaiah 700 years before His birth (Isaiah 7:14). And this very special Christmas name, as Matthew tells us, means “God with us.” Jesus Christ, Yahshua is Immanuel, “God with us,” and I’d like to share why this is so meaningful at Christmas time.
- Angel Proclaims His Purpose:
“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
- Angel Declares the Prophecy:
So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet (Isaiah 7:14), 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.”
- Angel Delivers His Name:
“Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.” (Matthew 1:21-25)
When Paul preached to the pagans of Lystra (in Acts 14) He reminded them that the true God, the Creator, had always been with them, giving them witness of Himself by providing them with rains, fruitful seasons, and giving them food and glad hearts. Thus, God has always been with His creation in the sense that He, who is everywhere, has showered all mankind with blessings — despite their sin.
- Angel Delivers a Warning:
“Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” (Matthew 2:13)
So great was His love for His fallen creation, for you and for me, that He left His glory to come here. And through His perfect life and death on the cross He broke down the wall of separation that our sin had built and reconciled us to Himself; as it is written “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them.” (2 Co. 5:19). Through Jesus Christ, Immanuel, our sins are forgiven and we have fellowship with our Creator again.
- Angel Clears the Way:
“…when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.” (Matthew 2:19-20)
Immanuel, in this one name, everything mankind needs and the entire plan of God’s salvation is culminated. How blessed we are that Jesus Christ, Yahshua became Immanuel, God with us. May His Angles be all about you and your family during this special Holy Day.
Written by Kent Simpson, Apostolic ProphetReturn to the Newsletter Archives