By Dn Ho Qi Heng
21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us).
God did not become Immanuel only when Jesus was born. God had walked in close fellowship with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden at the beginning of creation. However, sin and death entered the picture through Adam and Eve’s disobedience, breaking humanity’s fellowship with God. Still, God was not absent from humanity and his people from then on — God was with Israel when he led them out of Egypt, leading them in a pillar of cloud and fire, and continued to be with them in the promised land, filling the tabernacle with his presence (in fact, the word “tabernacle” means to dwell).