All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus. (Matthew 1:22-25)
Is there anything more reassuring than to know that the Almighty Creator over all of creation has chosen to be with us? God had promised his presence all throughout human history and delivered on those promises in the various ways that he guided and protected his people. Then, suddenly, about two-thousand years ago, a young man named Joseph finds his soon to be bride miraculously pregnant with a child that he is told will literally be “God with us.” God was taking on human flesh and was nine-months away from dwelling with his people. The Creator was stepping into his creation, and it was so subtle that it defied all expectation.
The Creator was stepping into his creation.
The name Immanuel informs us of who he was — “God with us.” But the name Jesus lets us know why he came — “God saves.” Throughout history, God had rescued his people from bondage, delivered them from captivity and restored them as his people. Now, he was coming for the ultimate rescue. A deliverance that could only be pulled off through an Incarnation (God taking on humanity to be with his people).
When Jesus was born, God was now with us. He was here to rescue his people from their bondage to sin, to deliver them from corruption’s captivity and to restore them back into a right relationship with him. Sin had long separated us from our God, but our Hero of Hope was now with us.