But after he had pondered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the One conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you shall give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Behold! 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 1:20-23)
As we see in the scripture, Jesus was called Immanuel even before He was actually here on earth. I love this part of the Christmas Story because I can see it so vivid. This moment had to be one of the most epic moments in the Bible because it is announcing the coming of our King. We learn three things from these few verses alone.
1) Mary is going to give birth to the Savior of the world and name Him Jesus.
2) Jesus is coming so He can save us from our sins.
3) He will be called Immanuel meaning God with us. God will be present with in human form with His people.
It's so amazing to think about how this story unfolds. We don't get every single detail, but I can only imagine the feelings, the emotions, and the thoughts going through Joseph's head in this moment. What a hard thing to believe, yet we get to see a look into a remarkable leap of faith on Joseph's part. And because he and Mary had faith and took this journey, our Savior came to do exactly what He was meant to do. What a beautiful story.
Welcome to day 8 of Advent: He is Immanuel.
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Read and write out Matthew 1:23.
What does this title reveal to you about Jesus?
How is Jesus Immanuel, God with us in your life?
Take a moment to write a prayer out over this verse.