Immanuel is one of Christ’s most precious names. It is a combination of two Hebrew words that together mean “God with us.” The gospel of Matthew explains that Christ received this name in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. For many people, the name Immanuel has a nice ring to it that suggests comfort and hope in times of trouble. Yet there is a lot more substance and significance to this name. The encouragement Christians can take from this name is no mere vague impression or passing emotion. The truth conveyed by this name has both a glorious beauty and …
Dr. Gerald M. Bilkes is professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Mich., and author of Glory Veiled and Unveiled.