God is with Us

The narrative of Jesus’ birth as recorded in the Bible says that an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said to him that the child conceived by Mary was from the Holy Spirit. He told Joseph, “She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21)

In addition to this most familiar name, Jesus has been referred to in the Bible by several other names as well. For example,

  • “the Alpha and the Omega” meaning the first and the last or the beginning and the end (Revelation 22:13)
  • “the Lamb of God” who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29,36)
  • “the root and the descendant of David” (Revelation 22:16)
  • “the bright morning star” (Revelation 22:16)
  • “the Amen” (Revelation 3:14)
  • “the King of the Jews” (Matthew 2:2. 27:37)
  • “the last Adam” (1 Corinth 15:45)

One more name of Jesus is “Immanuel”. The prophet Isaiah had foretold about Jesus, “The virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Immanuel.”  (Isaiah 7:14) Matthew reminds his readers of this prophecy made several centuries before the birth of Jesus and explains that Immanuel means God is with us.  (Matthew 1:22-23)

The parting words of Jesus were, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

God’s everlasting promise is that he will never leave us nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) Even after the present world ceases to exist and God creates a new heaven and a new earth, we have a vision of God’s dwelling place with his people. (Revelation 21:3) The spirit of God is forever going to be with us. (John 14:16-17)

“O come, O come, Emmanuel…” should be our prayer this Christmas.

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