Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
A father reassures his teenage daughter about her first solo airplane trip: “I’ll be with you all the way to the gate, and the flight attendants will be with you after that. Then Grandma will be with you when you arrive.” “With you” happens a lot in this life—but there is always a starting point and a stopping point. “With you” never lasts forever in the human realm.
But in the heavenly realm, it does! The name given to the Messiah in the Old Testament was Immanuel, which in Hebrew meant “God with us,” a name confirmed at the birth of Jesus (Matthew 1:23). When the writer to the Hebrews wanted to convey God’s omnipresence, he quoted God’s words to Joshua on the eve of Israel’s entrance into the Promised Land: “I will not leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5). Jesus even told His disciples He would be with them “to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
You were not alone yesterday; you are not alone today; you will not be alone tomorrow. Jesus is Immanuel—God with you.
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