Names of God: Emmanuel

Emmanuel
By Tate Garrett

The virgin shall be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel – which means “God with us.”
Matthew 1: 23

This proclamation, first recorded in Isaiah and later fulfilled in Matthew is the embodiment of Israel’s hope; of all humanity’s hope. This was God’s promise that He would one day miraculously send his son down to earth, in Israel, to free us from our sin by becoming human – “God with us”. And so He came, just as Isaiah had prophesied; Emmanuel was born in Bethlehem, to the virgin Mary, and through his life and death, the barrier of sin was torn down with salvation, ransoming us from Satan’s grasp. In everything we do God is with us, instructing and guiding, disciplining and loving; the gift of the Holy Spirit is perhaps the greatest manifestation of God’s presence in us.

The name “Emmanuel” is a promise from the one true God, a light for a world living in darkness, and hope fulfilled for all who have the faith to accept God’s forgiveness. These truths have been proclaimed many times over, and not least by the classic hymn, O come O come Emmanuel:

 

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
In ancient times did’st give the Law,
In cloud, and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o’er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.
O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

 

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

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