The Lord’s promise of a Savior in Isaiah 7:14 is the source for Immanuel’s namesake. Immanuel means “God with us,” and it immediately invokes our Lord’s incarnation in human flesh. The incarnation was not a temporary union of God and humanity. No, God has forever joined himself to human flesh in our Lord Jesus Christ, and never ceases to be with his people. As Jesus said just before his ascension, “Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt 28:19).
But how is he with you? He is with you in the same humanity of his incarnation. That same body of Christ which was crucified, died, and was buried is present with you each Lord’s Day in the Sacrament of the Altar. To behold God’s presence with you, look no farther than the Table in your own sanctuary, where crucified flesh and shed blood are present in the bread and wine. Here is God among you with his saving gifts.
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