(God With Us)
First time used in the Bible: Isaiah 7, verse 14:
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
The name Immanuel, revealed in the Bible, is a name specifically given to Jesus Christ. God has always been with mankind and his creation. Prior to Jesus, God communicated with people through his prophets, through dreams and through rare and direct interventions. When Christ was born, God truly was with us in the flesh. Jesus was God. In the form of man, Jesus walked where people walked, spoke one-on-one with people, felt the same things we felt, and suffered just like us. Immanuel is a name that denotes the loving nature of God in a way that is, both, personal and intimate. Because He cares so much about us, He is not far away. In fact, He lives within us. While Jesus, long ago, ascended into heaven, he has left his Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to be with us, to live in us, to be our guide.
WHAT IT MEANS TO OUR FAMILY
We are never alone. God has not abandoned His people; He has not abandoned our family. God is close by to hear our prayers and to be affected by them. His Spirit lives inside us, and we should not be afraid to express to God what we are feeling and how the world is affecting us. We should also strive to serve God openly and to enjoy serving him as if he were standing right next to us, because he is. If God is the Almighty, Omnipotent God that we know he is, what should we be afraid of? Nothing.
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