Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (Matthew 1:23)I was recently captured by the true magnitude of this promise. Eighteenth century preacher, John Wesley once said about this verse...
"They shall call his name Emmanuel -To be called, only means, according to the Hebrew manner of speaking, that the person spoken of shall really and effectually be what he is called, and actually fulfil that title. Thus, Unto us a child is born - and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Prince of Peace - That is, he shall be all these...really, and in effect." (John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible)Isn't that marvelous? Just think about that! When Christ came to earth, He came to fulfill what the name "Emmanuel" means. He came to be "God with us."
Jesus Himself said, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." (Matthew 28:20) Ask yourself, what does that mean? What does the promise "God with us" really contain?
There is yet another commentator whose words will clarify this thought.
"Jesus is called Immanuel, or God with us, in his incarnation. - God united to our nature - God with man - God in man. - God with us, by his continual protection. - God with us, by the influences of his Holy Spirit - in the holy sacrament - in the preaching of his word - in private prayer. And God with us, through every action of our life, that we begin, continue, and end in his name. He is God with us, to comfort, enlighten, protect, and defend us in every time of temptation and trial, in the hour of death, in the day of judgment; and God with us, and in us, and we with and in him, to all eternity." (Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible)Wow! To think that God came to be "with" me in every circumstance!
It says in the book of Romans, "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:31-32)
Jesus did not come to simply observe our lives. He came to accompany us through our lives. (Psalm 23:4) He came to be "with us" as a participant, and to provide us with the answer, the solution, to every problem we will ever face.
He is truly "with" us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
...for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (2 Corinthians 6:16)Amen!
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Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.