Welcome to our last sermon in the series “Names of God”. It has been quite the ride; I know that I have learned a bunch as I hope you all have. Before I start I would just like to thank you all so much for reading the website and supporting us as we attempt to bring the word, and gospel, plainly and wholly as it is stated! So, let’s dive right in!
Lord, I thank you for the opportunity to write messages that glorify you. I pray father that this message would speak into the hearts of whoever reads it and that your glory would shine within it.
Immanuel is something you have most likely heard if you go to church. Well, what is it? Simply it’s a name. But, this name is special and holds salvation within it. We hear Immanuel sung about in a lot of songs. For example, “O come, O come, Immanuel”, and we hear the name Immanuel a lot around Christmas time. But if you don’t know who Immanuel is, where the name Immanuel came from, or the weight it carries you’re simply missing out on the fullness of God and his plan for us.
The name Immanuel is only found a few places in the bible, we will dive into Isaiah & and Mathew to find the true meaning of this name. First, Emmanuel is found in Isaiah 7, now during this time Syria and Ephraim (neighboring countries) were soon to begin a war with Judah. The King Ahaz was very fearful of this so the Lord sent Isaiah to comfort Ahaz with news not to fear. Following this the Lord told Ahaz to ask him for a sign, one that was larger than just simply a physical sign but one, “deep as Sheol or high as heaven”. Ahaz said it was better not to test the Lord, so God gave him a sign anyway and he said. “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
In Mathew 1:23 this prophecy is fulfilled as the Angel of the Lord revealed to David that this child inside of Mary was indeed Immanuel. “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which mean, God with us)”. Why is this important to us, though, why is it important that God with us was born? IT MEANS EVERYTHING!!! Since Adam and Eve’s humanity has been condemned because of the sin that entered the world. We had to go through many rituals and sacrifices to become clean and holy to the Lord. But the Lords plan was finally fulfilled with the entering of Immanuel into this world. The fulfillment of the prophecy means that Jesus would come and he would die then raise again on the third day. God with us means that now and forever God is true with us. He has now taken our sins upon himself and because of that, we can be seen forgiven and righteous in the eyes of the father. That’s why Immanuel matters, that’s why God with us is so important. Now no sin, no shame, no wrong you have ever committed will count against you if you believe in what Jesus did for you on the cross. He died for your sin in order that you could be saved!
“God with us”, yes Jesus was physically here on the earth. He was with us some 2000 years ago. But once he died on that cross for our sin, and he rose again and was later resurrected, does that mean he is no longer with us? No, not at all, it means that now he is with all of us. In his own words, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me, … And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Mathew 28:18-20. Now because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can know the Father intimately, and Jesus is always with us because when he resurrected we were gifted the Holy Spirit in his absence. Now we can feel him within, and Jesus is truly with every believer!
So, the question I propose is why is Immanuel, “God with us” important? I say it’s because he is my savior, redeemer, and king. And without his sacrifice on that tree, I would not be able to be with Immanuel, Jesus. But now I can be and you can be as well because he is “God with us” and he will be with us for all of eternity. That brings a smile to my face!
Lord, I thank you for reminding me of what you did for me on that cross. Jesus, I was so broken before you saved me, and nothing I could ever do could repay you for that. I hope that at the least my life brings Glory to your name Emmanuel. We praise you for what you did on the cross. Thank you, Jesus. Amen