Immanuel is a Hebrew word meaning “God [is] with us.” It is sometimes rendered “Emmanuel.”
Jesus Christ is God with us.
Jesus demonstrated that “with us” means just that. God is here. Even though we can’t physically see or hear Him. Even though it may seem like He’s unnecessarily quiet or inactive.
The way the world treated Jesus reveals the way it treats God. The world paid little attention to Jesus. When it did give attention, it was negative. Very negative. Negative to the point of cruel and shameful murder. In broad daylight.
Similarly today the world works constantly to close off the idea of “God with us.” You are discouraged from saying anything about Him. You are actually given more license to curse with His name than bless with His name. Blessing with His name in a public setting is considered highly controversial.
Nonetheless, God is with us. If you can bear the persecution that comes from believing this truth, you can gain all the benefits that come from believing it. And the benefits far outweigh the persecution. Far, far outweigh.
Call on the name of Immanuel. He is closer than you think.
Bible notes on this post.
See also the post Call on His Name, which includes a listing of other names of the Lord.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church – or anything else – but Him.