Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23 both mention Immanuel (Hebrew spelling) and Emmanuel (Romanized spelling). Regardless of the spelling each scripture foretells the birth of Jesus who is God in the flesh. In Matthew 1:23, Joseph is given clarity regarding his pregnant virgin fiancé, Mary. Sounds complex right?!?! The birth of Christ was very pivotal, but if you think about it... the greatest things are birthed out of our challenges. (Selah)
The angel tells Joseph that Jesus will be called Emmanuel meaning God with us. During that time, Jesus was literally God in the flesh walking and talking among the people. Although he is not here in the flesh today, he is still with us today as the Holy Spirit. Remember Jesus died and rose again making him alive... emphasis on Jesus is alive!
The name Emmanuel or Immanuel should not be taken lightly. It is a reminder of the presence of God still moving among us. The only problem we face is believing he’s here because we don’t always feel something.
Today, write a letter to God as Emmanuel. If you know he is with you, then make this a prayer of thanksgiving. If you are in a place of doubt which many of us experience at least once in life, make this letter a prayer of petition for God to show himself as being with you. God loves being asked into our lives so if you are in need of an encounter, please do not hesitate to ask for it. He will show up through someone, in your dreams, and even through something that makes you think of him. Why... because God is with us and he wants us to know it!