“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” – Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23
In the Gospel of Matthew, this verse from Isaiah is applied to our Lord Jesus. The name Immanuel means “God with us” and the name Jesus means “the Lord saves.” In these two names is a beautiful picture of salvation, which means a restoration to a life lived with God beginning imperfectly here on earth, but eventually perfectly in His paradise. Salvation and togetherness go together. What we are saved from is our inability to live with God because our sin and His justice were unreconciled until the cross.
Among Jesus’ last words on earth were His command to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Included in this is bringing the hope to the world that He brought to us by being present. God did not leave us alone but bore the cost of our reconciliation on Himself.
Today, be among those who need the hope God provides through the salvation He bought. His desire is to live among the world through us, calling His current and future people to live with Him.