Have a fun Christmas in July Family Fun night as you continue to reflect on Emmanuel “God with us”!
Bake Christmas cookies, sing carols and make ice cream snowmen!
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The name “Emmanuel” clearly works on the prevalent biblical theme of God’s presence with his people. The idea of “God with us” is the embodiment of all of God’s promises to Israel and to all who will trust in him. Through sacrifice and mercy God makes a way to be with his people, whether Israel in the Old Testament or the church in the New Testament, all leading up to God’s final act in Revelation 21:3: “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.'”
Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of this theme, both in his identification with humanity by becoming a man and by his death on the cross for sin. In this sense, the word “Emmanuel” truly does embody the meaning of Christmas. The birth of Jesus, the Holy One of Israel, the Messiah and Savior of all men, has made a way for God to be “with us.