“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated to, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)
I’ve heard and read this scripture numerous times as I’ve sat through Christmas programs in church service as kids did plays and pastors preached about the arrival of our newborn Savior. It’s one of many staple scriptures for the Advent season as it should be since Christmas is about Jesus, of course.
Year after year upon hearing it, I usually don’t give this scripture more thought. It’s usually, “How awesome. Jesus came down from heaven to earth as a baby to fulfill the prophecy foretold in the Old Testament (Isaiah 7:14) as our savior with His many names like Immanuel. Cool. Got it.” I know this may sound bad as I’m oversimplifying our Savior’s birth. However, it’s the truth.
As I read and reflect on this scripture this holiday season in my quiet time with God, I’ve realized that this scripture carries so much weight convicting my heart to reverence God’s name and His character so much more. This season and this year have been wearisome as multiple life changes knocked my life out of orbit pressing me to find a new normal with daily life. Though still in the struggle, Immanuel has been with me.
Realizing this made me exceedingly grateful that Jesus came from Heaven to Earth to be with us while revealing our deep, soul-aching need for a savior. Without prophecy fulfilled, we would be left suffering and alone while failing miserably to deal with life’s problems. The gift of Jesus’ birth brought peace, joy, and a love that we couldn’t get anywhere else if we tried. It’s beyond skin deep or on a cellular level. It’s eternally, spirit-filling deep.
While reading this scripture, my spirit kept going back to the name of God, Immanuel. Before, I would think that this would be just another name of God describing how great He his because the Bible said so or others have seen and proclaimed it. It’s a different story when experiencing God being with you continually for yourself especially during a trying time.
I have a greater appreciation for His name as I cherish it deeply in my heart. I may not get showered abundantly with tangible gifts, but God being with me has been the GREATEST gift of all. God has been with me during family deaths, financial issues, depression, and anxiety this year. He has been with me during up highest of highs, lowest of lows, and the awkward and uncomfortable middles.
“You will never truly know and appreciate the names of God until you need Him to be that name in a certain situation or season.”
The holidays can be hard and lonely this time of year. TRUST ME, I understand. However, there is someone who understands greater named Jesus. Take comfort and rejoice that we have a God who loves us so much that He would send His Son to be with us forever. Talk about a colossal gift! Immanuel is with me and is with you too. He will continue to be this holiday season and beyond.
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