Matthew 1:23 - Jesus: Immanuel - God With Us!
Mat.1:23: Jesus: Immanuel - God With Us!
Mat 1:23 (KJV) Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall
bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being
interpreted is, God with us.
"EMMANUEL": Why was Jesus not actually called "Immanuel"?
According to Hebrew usage the name does not represent a title but a
characterization, as in Isa 1:26 and 9:6. The name "Immanuel"
shows that He really
was "God with us." Thus the Deity of Christ is stressed at the very
beginning of Matthew. [Scofield SB]
1:23 Jesus was to be called 'Immanuel' ("God with us"), as
predicted by Isaiah the prophet (Isaiah 7:14). Jesus was God in the flesh;
thus God was literally among us, "with us." Through the Holy Spirit,
Christ is present today in the life of every believer. Perhaps not even
Isaiah understood how far-reaching the meaning of "Immanuel" would be.
[Life Application SB]
His Birth and Our New Birth
" 'Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and
they shall call His name Immanuel,' which is translated, 'God with
us' " (Matthew 1:23).
His Birth in History. "'85 that Holy One who is to be born will
be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35). Jesus Christ was born into
this world, not from it. He did not emerge out of history; He came
into history from the outside. Jesus Christ is not the best human
being the human race can boast of--He is a Being for whom the human
race can take no credit at all. He is not man becoming God, but God
Incarnate--God coming into human flesh from outside it. His life is the highest
and the holiest entering through the most humble of doors. Our
Lord's birth was an advent--the appearance of God in human form.
His Birth in Me. "My little children, for whom I labor in birth
again until Christ is formed in you '85" (Galatians 4:19). Just as our
Lord came into human history from outside it, He must also come into
me from outside. Have I allowed my personal human life to become a
"Bethlehem" for the Son of God? I cannot enter the realm of the kingdom of
God unless I am born again from above by a birth totally unlike
physical birth. "You must be born again" (John 3:7). This is not a
command, but a fact based on the authority of God. The evidence of the
new birth is that I yield myself so completely to God that "Christ
is formed" in me. And once "Christ is formed" in me, His nature
immediately begins to work through me.
God Evident in the Flesh. This is what is made so profoundly
possible for you and for me through the redemption of man by Jesus
Christ. [In His Time; My Utmost For His Highest]