The Bible tells us in Isaiah 7:14 that Jesus is called. “Emmanuel” which means “God with us” or “God among us”. And dwelling among us is exactly what God did when He came to earth as a living and breathing man.
Hundreds of years before this prediction came true, King Ahaz of Judah was threatened by two invading armies (Israel and Syria) and was facing an overpowering enemy. The Lord told Ahaz to ask for a sign proving that God was with him and would deliver him. Ahaz, feigning humility, refused to ask for a sign, and the Lord gave him a sign anyways.
But it wasn’t a sign he was expecting. The Lord says in Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel.”
God was going to deliver Ahaz and the nation of Judah from destruction. God also planned on delivering all of mankind from the penalty and power of sin. He did this by sending THE deliverer, Jesus Christ, to dwell among men and eventually to sacrifice Himself. Jesus sacrifice gave us forgiveness and salvation!
“Emmanuel” emphasizes God’s presence with His people. Ahaz was promised God’s presence when facing enemy forces and was promised deliverance.
We are promised His presence in Matthew 28:20, “Lo, I am with you, even to the end of the age”. We enjoy the same privilege since Jesus has promised every Christian that His Holy Spirit would dwell within them.
We may not be facing an enemy army like Ahaz, but our lives are difficult enough that we still need His presence every day. What does the promise of God’s presence mean to you? Is it encouraging, motivating, convicting? It can be the source of living a victorious life for God.
Live in the reality of God’s presence today!