Immanuel – God is with us
Names have great significance in the Bible. The name “Immanuel” means "God is with us". Just imagine what it is like to have God with you. Throughout Bible history great men of faith (Moses, Joshua, David) just to name a few had God with them.
Even now if we know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, we have God with us. Our Father has pledged to be with all those whom He has redeemed (Isa. 43:1-2). If you’ve received Jesus as your personal Savior, then His Holy Spirit dwells within you. No matter what happens in your life, God remains with you to strengthen, guide, and comfort.
But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
As we celebrate Christmas, and you hear the name “Immanuel” remember God is with us. For those of us that are believers, the Holy Spirit is with us. Make Jesus the focus of Christmas.
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel