Emmanuel: God With Us in the Flesh
By Heather Lynn 3 Minute Read
Emmanuel. God with us. The glory of the Lord came down to earth in the form of a man to live, breathe, and walk this earth. All of this was foretold throughout the Old Testament and fulfilled in the greatest moment in history: the birth of the son of God, the baby in the manger. Matthew 1 would predict this birth in a dream from the angel of the Lord to Joseph. The angel would instruct Joseph and Mary to name this baby Jesus because he would save man from his sins. The Word says that this would fulfill what the prophet Isaiah had said in chapter 7:14 (KJV), “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..’” Two names given to the same great being: Jesus (Savior of man) and Emmanuel (God with us). These two names describe who He is and the reason He left Heaven and came to earth.
God shows us who He is through His son’s name: Jesus. Romans 5:12 tells us that when sin entered the world through one man (Adam), death entered through sin. Since that time, sin has plagued the earth and mankind has needed a Savior. When Jesus was born, His purpose also entered the world: to rescue mankind. He came to bring about salvation for mankind, should he choose to accept it. By HIS NAME we are saved as it states in Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” So by naming His Son Jesus, He declares salvation for all people.
God’s purpose for sending Jesus to earth also becomes clear in the name Emmanuel. He came to rescue man from his sins, but also to walk in his shoes. Interestingly, God sent Jesus to earth as a baby instead of a man. Perhaps He had more in mind for His people. As a baby, He would need to be nurtured and depend on others for survival. As a boy, He would grow, experience growing pains, and fall and get hurt. Then, when he became a man, He would hunger and thirst, become physically weak, and would be tempted as man is tempted. Jesus experienced life as we know it. Maybe the reason God sent Him as a baby was so we would know that He is a relatable God who understands His people and made a way because He loves and cares for us as we go through life.
John 1:14a says “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” Think about that for a minute. The Word that so many had preached became a human form and walked the same earth like us, breathed the same air, and lived as we live. He would fully experience what it meant to be a human with His human body and His human heart. He would feel, think, speak. He would live on this earth, He would die on a cross for our sins to rescue us and make a way for us to live as He lives in eternity. So when you think about the baby in the manger, just remember that He is our Savior who came to rescue us and Emmanuel who lived among us.