The name Immanuel means God with us.” This was not a new doctrine in Israel. The Almighty had always been close His people, and that was proved when He instructed Moses to erect a tabernacle in which the Lord could dwell among the tribes. The cloud by day, and the fire by night indicated His presence would be permanent. Moses, the revered leader, was God’s channel of communication with them. Yet, the most brilliant thinkers could not have appreciated the magnitude of the promise even through Isaiah.
That a virgin should conceive and bear a son was apparently beyond the realms of possibility. They could understand how God dwelled in a house constructed of materials, but to believe that the great Creator-their God, their Jehovah-would dwell in the body of a newborn child was unimaginable. Later, when Jesus claimed that this is exactly what happened, the Jews became angry and accused Him of blasphemy. They failed to understand Paul’s message: “Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.” (1 John 4:12)
It is beyond our understanding that the eternal God planned to live in the redeemed souls of sinners. Yet, this unmeasured happiness has become the experience of countless Christians. The One whose name is Emmanuel now looks through the compassionate eyes of His children, shares the secret council-chambers of their minds, and is gradually transforming His family into His own likeness. Most of the followers of Christ may never be given the privileged of living in the White House, but every day they can enjoy unending fellowship with their Redeemer. It is wonderful to know the Lord is for and with and, best of all, within His people. They enjoy excellent company!