The name “Emmanuel” — God with us — is profound. Just as Joseph was comforted by his dream which brought him into the presence of God, so we too need to find comfort, strength, and joy in the name “Emmanuel” — God with us.
To realize that God is with us — not just in a spiritual way….but physically in the person of Jesus…must be a source of comfort and hope. Just as it enabled Joseph to become willing to take Mary home as his wife, so must the name enable us to run the risk of faith in our life.
Realizing that God is with us must also give us courage. Joseph was a humble, simple tradesman — totally unqualified for what God was asking. Yet, the name Emmanuel gave him a boldness to set out on an unknown path in his life. So too with us. God is constantly asking us to step out of our comfort zone into a life of faith. While we do not always know what this faith will ask of us, or where it will lead us, we do know that God is with us.
And finally, the name Emmanuel must fill us with joy. Jesus is our Messiah. Jesus is the one who can save us from our sin if we let him. Does the fact of God’s redemption in your life get you excited? Do you truly long for God’s redemptive love in your life? Knowing that God is with us must fill us with excitement and joy today — and every day — every minute of our life.