Immanuel also spelled Emmanuel is the name of God given by the prophet Isaiah announcing the birth of Yeshua, Jesus the Christ. Most people are aware Immanuel means, "God with us," but it can also be stated "with us is God." This unique name of God is derived from combining two Hebrew words: "El" and "im-ma-nu." “El” is a shortened version of Elohim, a generic name of God's title as “God.” "Immanu" comes from the Hebrew adverb preposition (Strongs Hebrew #5973) which means "accompanying, equally with, among, between." Interesting this adverb comes from a root verb, "amam," which means "to overshadow, huddling together, to hide." God is a gracious God, in whose love, we find safety and redemption from the ravages of sin. The image of God overshadowing to hide man is used repeatedly throughout the Old Testament in a positive way. Consider the following verses:
Looking deeper into the Hebrew words comprising in Immanuel, the concept of the English translation "with us" loses some of the deeper imagery associated the word “Immanu.” The portrait is of God covering men like a hen brooding over her chicks is extended to the point where His spirit literally merges with men. Thus, God becomes forever with us, always among us, and in us. His wings don’t just externally cover us, they cover us from the inside out: a complete and total protection from the enemy and the destructive power of sin. Spirit, soul, and body are redeemed under the wings of God.
Immanuel was fully realized in Jesus Christ, who was the Word of God in human flesh and lived and walked with men. "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14 By living a righteous life and never sinning, Jesus demonstrated what a human life filled with the Spirit of God can be like. All power over sin is with those who live in the Spirit. Peace is available in the midst of turmoil. Miracles manifest confirming the Word of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Jesus conquered death and imparted everlasting life unto all men and women who would believe on Him, but as He warned Jerusalem, only those who are willing to be gathered, willing to come to God can find shelter under His mighty wings. The blood of Christ shed for the remission of sins is offered freely to all, but you must personally seek that refuge in Him. As a result of Jesus' victory over sin and death, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon all believers on the day of Pentecost and continues to be poured out on believers today, fulfilling the promise of God to be with us perpetually.
No longer is there any separation between God and humankind. The two have been eternally fused by God's will through Jesus’ accomplishment on the cross and confirmed by His resurrection from the dead. The Holy Spirit has been poured out, becoming one with the human spirit. God, who was once walked the Earth in the flesh, has now become One with us forever. This is a great and glorious enigma!
Immanuel, with us is God!
-written by Sharon Aubrey