Where in the Bible does it say Emmanuel God with us?
In this Christmas devotional, we’ll read Isaiah 7:14 and discover the gospel message and the true meaning of Emmanuel God with us!
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son and she will call His name Immanuel.
This Old Testament prophesy of the virgin birth and the coming Messiah is echoed in the New Testament book of Matthew.
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 KJV
What is the difference between Immanuel and Emmanuel?
You may have noticed in these two scriptures the names Immanuel and Emmanuel both appear.
Is there a difference in the meaning behind this name? And does it matter which one you use?
The simple answer is no. Both names translate to God with us.
They are just spelled a little bit differently in various versions of the Bible.
So, you can use whichever version of this name you would like. In this devotion, I’ll use both. But they still mean the same thing.
Emmanuel Meaning in the Bible
What is the meaning of Emmanuel?
Jesus has many names and titles given to Him by God the Father. And within these Bible verses, we learn His name, Emmanuel, which means “God with us”.
Each part of the Holy Trinity has a unique role to play with humanity. And from His name, Emmanuel, we see Jesus is the part of the Godhead who has come to earth to be with us.
What is the importance of God with us?
Jesus came to save what was lost, namely, us.
In His own words, He described it this way…
for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Jesus’ role was to live the perfect life we never could. Die on the cross for our sins. And be raised again on the third day.
Even though we focus on the birth of the Savior during Christmas, this is the gospel message we celebrate every day of the year. And the importance of God with us in our daily lives.
How is God with us?
From the beginning of time, it was always the Father’s plan to send the Son to save us from our sin.
So, long before Jesus was born in a manger, the prophet Isaiah prophesied of the virgin birth and a child who would be called God with us, here on earth.
And again, in the gospel of Matthew, we see Isaiah’s prophesy of Immanuel fulfilled.
for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
Jesus knew He was the only One who could save us from our sins.
And because He loved us, Jesus willingly gave up His rightful place of honor in heaven and became the sacrifice we needed.
When He died in our place and filled the gap between heaven and earth, He secured our future in heaven with Him eternally.
If we believe in Him, we are forgiven, become righteous in the sight of God, and share in the inheritance of the Son. Then, Jesus is with us from that moment on.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus With Us Every Day
As He ascended back into heaven after the resurrection, Jesus gave us the greatest promise we could ever receive…
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Jesus wasn’t just God with us for the short time that He was physically here on earth, He is with us right now!
This is the promise we as Christians hold tight to. Once we believe in Jesus and put our trust in Him, we are no longer alone.
Whatever life throws at us, Jesus promises He is always there, and He will never leave us.
When times are good, He is with us and celebrates our success. When times are bad, He is there to lift us up and get us through it.
Because we are saved and have Christ in us, God is with us every day.
And that is a promise you can be sure of!
God With Me Today
This same faith we have in Jesus also gives us free and full access to God the Father whenever we want it.
We can boldly enter the throne of grace and seek God’s face.
Whatever troubles we have, we can take them directly to God because He wants to have a real and loving relationship with each one of us.
That’s why He gave us His only Son, Emmanuel, so we could live with Him forever.
Because of the Father’s plan for Jesus to be God with us, we can be completely confident in our faith! Jesus has conquered sin and made a way for us to have eternal life.
And He will keep His promise to be with us to the end of the age because He is “God with us” yesterday, today, and forever!
So, boldly proclaim Jesus is God with me in your life today!
Whether you call Him Emmanuel, Immanuel, or simply Jesus the meaning is the same… God is with you. The Son of God came to earth to die a sinner’s death to save you. He loves you and He is with you always.
As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, I pray you will feel the joyful presence of Emmanuel in your life this Christmas season!
Merry Christmas! And God bless!
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“By the same faith we have in Jesus, we also have free and FULL access to the Father.” Yes and Amen!
Great post! Thanks for sharing.
(visiting from Faith of Fire) 🙂
Hi Rachel! Thanks for stopping by. I’m so glad we’re friends and neighbors at Faith on Fire. I hope you have a blessed and Merry Christmas!