Names are important. They give us identity and often help us tell our family story. This is certainly the case of Jesus, our Savior.
In his opening sentence, Matthew declares “The historical record of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.” In just these few words he combines the name Jesus and Christ. Jesus means “to save people from their sins” and Christ is a title meaning Messiah in Hebrew. Matthew was saying that Jesus is both human and divine. He is the One who has come to offer the world His salvation from sin.
As we read through chapter 1, we find Matthew quoting Isaiah in which the prophet spoke of the One to come and called him Immanuel, which means “God with us.” How comforting it is that we can just speak His name and we truly do feel…and know that Jesus is indeed WITH US!
What does it mean that God is with you?
- It means we can live in security of His love and not fear. Countless times throughout the Scriptures we read not to fear. And countless times we read about God’s love. His love casts out the fear in our lives. When we focus on fear we lose sight of the bigger picture of God’s presence and security.
- God is with you means that we can be confident. Our confidence originates in Him and not in ourselves. When God is with us, we can live confidently that His hand is guiding and directing us as we choose to follow Him.
- God is with you means that you have constant companionship with Him. While we may not be consciously aware of God all the time, He surely is aware of us! Jesus promised that He would be with us always even in our loneliest moments. His abiding presence occurs when we accept Him as our Savior.
What does it mean to you that God is with you?
I hope that in this Christmas season, you will be keenly in tune to God’s presence and allow Him to live fully in and through you.
Immanuel—God is with us!