For many years people looked at Jesus as just the Son of God, and there is no doubt about that, He truly is the son of God, but he is much more than that. According to Matthew he is Emmanuel. (Matt.1:23) “… Behold, a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is God with us.”
Who is this Emmanuel and what is his name ? Who he is,and what his name is, is made very clear in (Matt.1:21) “…And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew informs us that his name is Jesus. Well, we have learned this, and that is, Emmanuel has come to save us from our sin. Who saves from sin? Matthew declared, Jesus We have learn in studying the Word of God that the Old Testament declares that none can save but Jehovah. (Isa.43:11) ” I,even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.” God is seen as the saviour in the Old testament, as a deliver. Ex.14:13 “… And Moses said unto the people, fear ye not ,stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day, for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.” The Word saviour implies a deliverer. In a time when God’s people needed a saviour, the Lord reaveled himself as a God who could divide the Red Sea and rescues them. Who was it that saved the disciples of Christ on the sea that dark night? It was Emmanuel, the God of the Old Testament, his name is Jesus ,for he came to save and deliver his people. (Luke 8:25) “…And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this ! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.”
Emmanuel is seen in the Old Testament as a saviour who liberates his people from danger. When we look in to the book of Daniel we see our great God Emmanuel preforming another phenomenon. (Dan.6:22) “…My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.” Daniel was truly set free from the lions by the Almighty God, Emmanuel. When we look in to the New Testament we see this same Emmanuel in Jesus doing a great divine acts (Matt.14: 28,31) “...And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me to come unto thee on the water. …and he said , Come, and when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. …But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord save me. …And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him.” It is a wonderful thing to understand who Jesus is, Emmanuel, the Almighty God in Christ. O, yes, no one but God could bid a person to walk on water, and that person step out by faith and begin to walk on that stony sea. When we step out by faith and obey our great God and Saviour Jesus, he will also come to our aid.
The first time that the name Emmanuel appeals in the scripture is in the book of (Isaiah.7:14) “…Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. “ We must take notices that the Lord said he would give us a sign when this Emmanuel would come into the world. The sign itself was to be a supernatural event. So many people are blind to the things that God desires to reveal to them.. The virgin birth was no small happening. The virgin birth was God’s way of telling the world that he was coming into in the world in the person of the Son of God. Jesus was more than the Son of God, he was Emmanuel, God with us. There has been many things that God has kept secret thought the history of mankind. One of these secrets was the name of the Emmanuel that was to be born of the virgin. (Matt.13:35) “… I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world” God makes known his mysteries in due time, and he did reveal this name in the fulness of time According to (Matthew 1:21). His name is Jesus, therefore God’s name is none other than Jesus. This is truly a revelation made known to us. What is the name of the Father ? Jesus himself made that clear in (John 5:43) “…I am come in my Father’s name” What is Emanuel’s name ? Jesus.
We see this great God and Saviour all thought the four gospels as a mighty deliverer. He is seen delivering people that was possessed of the devil. (Mark 1: 23, 24,25) “…And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried,…I know thee who thou art, the, Holy one of God. …And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.” There is one thing for sure and that is the devil new who the deliverer was, the Holy one, and there is only one who is holy,and that is God.
There is something that we must keep in mind and that is, that God has many names thought out the Bible. Emmanuel is just one of the names he is called by. God is referred to as the Lord of Host in the Old Testament. Emmanuel is the Lord of Host of all the angelic being, He is the Lord of Host of the stellar, the moon, the star and all the plants must obey him. God is the Lord of Host of the fowls of the air. The Lord order the raven to feed Elijah at the brook of Cherith. We must not forget that the Lord is the Lord of Host of the animal world. There will come a time that , ” The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them” (Isa. 11:6). Let me add one more thought. He is the Lord of Host of the human race. Jesus had power in heaven and earth. The angels worship him, the devils obeyed him, the elements was at his command, and men obeyed his voice when he called.
We all so understand that Emmanuel, God with us , was the Father and the creator of all things, the heavens, the earth, mankind and all living creatures. The prophet Isaiah tell us that Jesus is referred to as the Father. (Isa. 9:6) “… For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful,Counselor, The might God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Jesus proved himself to be a creator. Was it not our Lord who changed the water in to wine ? (John 2:9) “…When the ruler of the feast had teasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water new;” The God that supplied the water in the wilderness for the children of Israel, is the same God who made water in to wine. The same Lord, but a different name.
God has manifest himself in so many ways to man that it would take many life time to write about all of the ways he revealed himself to his people. What we need to know and never forget is that there is just one God revealing himself in many ways. There are three that bear record in heaven and these three are one (I. John 5:70 “…For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” Jesus is truly the Son of God and the Lord used his body to reconcile the lost unto himself.” God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself.” (II Cor 5:19)