Names of God: Immanuel (God With Us)

God With Us

Immanuel (Hebrew), Immanuel (Greek)

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 7:13-17Matthew 1:18-25Matthew 28:19-20John 1:10-18Revelation 21:3


The name Immanuel, or “God is with us,” appears in the book of Isaiah in key prophecies predicting the coming of the Messiah. The name carries a sense of nearness, including intimate knowledge of the needs, struggles, and hopes of humanity. When Isaiah prophesies about the virgin birth, he says that her child will be called Immanuel. This is not a proper name as much as it is a description of what the Messiah would be like. 

In Matthew, an angel tells Joseph to name the child Jesus, because “He will save His people from their sins” (Mt 1:23). This name describes what Immanuel would do. Together, the names Immanuel and Jesus mean “God will be with His people and He will save them from their sins.” God saves His people and is close to them.


God’s nearness to and presence with His people


What does this name teach me about God?


*This devotional was taken from the He Reads Truth website