Updated: Mar 16, 2020
I must confess that I'm partial to one word that describes Jesus - Emmanuel. You see when I was saved it at Emmanuel Baptist Church. When I was called to pastor, it was at Emmanuel Baptist Church. I preached my first sermon, talk about bad, it was at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Something about the word Emmanuel has stuck with me.
As we approach Christmas we remember that Jesus was called Emmanuel, Matthew 2:23. As we know the word Emmanuel means "God with us". For the Jewish nation the idea that God would be with them was comforting and strengthening. They had a history to look back on where God would show up and leave. For them to think that God would be with them continuously blessed them in remarkable ways.
For us to understand that God is with us should also bring comfort and strength. To know that God is here in our world, in our lives, walking with us, guiding us as we allow Him to, and caring for us should embolden us to live for Him.
However, there is a greater blessing in the idea of Emmanuel. You see not only did Jesus come to be "God with us", He came to stay with us. As we know, His presence would move from being a physical presence to a spiritual presence at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit cam