Emmanuel (Matthew 1:23)
Someone noted that there are 365 names in the Bible for our Lord Jesus Christ.
No one name can do justice to what He is. Emmanuel, God with us, is particularly His name for Christmas.
I. Emmanuel —God as He Really Is with Us as We Really Are
The eternal God with us in our little moment.
The omnipresent God with us in our little place. The all-knowing God with us in our ignorance. The all-powerful God with us in our weakness. The invisible God made visible.
God in His holiness with us in our sin.
II. Emmanuel—The Greatest Comfort
A comfort for all people.
A comfort for all people at every moment.
A God who is absolutely approachable.
III. Emmanuel—The Great Rejection
"He came unto his own, and his own received him not" (John 1:11, KJV).
Matthew's Gospel ends with the promise: "Lo, I am with you alway" (28:20, KJV).
The New Testament ends with the promise: "The tabernacle of God is with men" (Rev. 21:3, KJV).