“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God.’” Revelation 21:3
The name “Emmanuel” speaks of the prevalent theme of all Scripture. The idea of “God with us” is not only God’s promise to Israel but to all who place their trust in Him. Through sacrifice and mercy, our loving God has made a way to be with His people, both Israel in the Old Testament and the church of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, all leading to the day we stand in His presence for all of eternity.
Leaving the throne in heaven and identifying with humanity by becoming a man and by His death on the cross for our sins Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of this theme of the Bible. The true meaning of Christmas is summed up in the name “Emmanuel.” The birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, and Savior of all man, has cleared the way for God to “be with us.”