Immanuel is God with us. Our lives, in their totality, are intended to be lived with Him. He wants to live in us, through us, and with us during our entire life. I don’t know why this should be so shocking. Christ came to dwell among us and now He wants to live in us. And this isn’t just the typical, “He lives in my heart as if He were a hitchhiker.” We are to take Him into every living situation of our lives as He lives and I witness.
Immanuel, He is God with US
Immanuel, God with us, became God with us in the deepest sense. Deep within! Where Christ came into the world to be with us, upon His death and resurrection He became God within us through His Spirit’s outpouring at Pentecost. And at that point He also became God as us. Not only did He come to save us, He came to be us.
Jesus Christ desires to be in and involved in ALL our lives. We take Him into every situation. Where I once thought that He wished to dwell in just the spiritual circumstances, now I know it is everything and everywhere.
We don’t have to muster the energy to endure our lives and situations, we are to go in with Him. You and I face everything from our greatest besetting sin to our easiest daily errand with Him. We don’t do anything alone, ever again. Christ with us is with us in everything and forever. Going to get a loaf of bread from the store? Christ with us! Working at a job? Christ with us! Struggling with a sin? Christ with us! I don’t have to do anything on my own. Immanuel: God with us, is Christ in us, as us, today and forever.
His Name is Immanuel
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
All this happened to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet—Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’. (“Immanuel” means “God with us.”)
Matthew 1:23 PHILLIPS
In my next post I’ll answer the question: Does He desire to face my sins within me too?