“So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.” (Matthew 1:22-25)
Here, these words of a prophet quoted just to remind us once more — that all this was done that it might be fulfilled. So all this was done that the Savior might be born, fully human and fully man. So all this was done that the Lamb of God would be sacrificed for our sins, carrying them on the cross as they were broken through the nails piercing His hands. So all this was done that the Messiah would walk the broken road of humanity from birth to death, to His burial. So all this was done that the Messiah would walk the broken road of humanity from birth to death, to His burial.
It might be that 2000 years have passed since and this story, these events feel distant for us now. But there is always the part that is close, that resides here in the trenches of our hearts — Immanuel, God with us.
Beloved, today, whisper that name to remind yourself that you are never alone, that you never walk any step on your own. Remind yourself: Immanuel, God with me. God with me. In moments of soul-wrenching sadness or ghastly grief — God with me. In moments of buried brokenness or deep despair — God with me. In moments of strapping stress or hopeless hurry — God with me. Always, Immanuel; the name our hearts beat to and our souls sigh. Immanuel, my God with me.