by Steve Grieme
"All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 'Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).'" Matthew 1:22-23
Many titles belong to Jesus. We remember the titles from Isaiah 9:6 when we are told Jesus will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. In Isaiah 7:14 it is also prophesied that the Messiah will be called Immanuel. Immanuel, God with us.
When presidents and kings choose to visit ordinary people, their visits are usually highly scripted. They have their valets and attendants. They travel first class. They come dressed to the nines. Highly polished. Picture perfect. Cameras ready… That is if they come at all.
When God, true royalty, traveled to earth to be with humanity, he did so without any first class amenities. The pre-existent God was now confined to flesh. The glories of heaven exchanged for struggles on earth. The attributes of God replaced with the limitations of man. What king would give all of this up to be with his people? What king would arrive and choose for his bed the smelly feed trough of indifferent animals? Why did he give up his royal rights? Why did he give all of his privileges away?
So, that he could give us the greatest privilege of all. Immanuel, “God with us,” came so that one day we could be with God. Though he was rich, he become poor, so that through his poverty, we might become rich.