"Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name Him Immanuel, which is translated 'God is with us.'" (Matthew 1:22-23, HCSB).
Isn't it amazing that Old Testament prophets predicted Christ's birth in detail, long before He was born? The Holy Spirit spoke to them, and gave them so many incredible details, details that probably made little sense to them at the time. But they wrote them down, so that future generations could see those words and believe that the Messiah had, actually, come. And now, in these gospel accounts, we get to see the prophesies come to life. We get to see the promises, that the Jewish nation carried with them for so many generations, come to pass. A virgin gave birth to a son, something that would have seemed really strange to have predicted. Impossible in human standards, yes. But not impossible with God. His name would be Immanuel, because God would come to earth in the form of a tiny baby, a tiny baby that would do so much for humanity, but didn't seem like much on the day he was born. On that day he was small and weak, but He would eventually do so many amazing things. Miracles, wonders, sacrificial love lived out to it's fullest. Immanuel. He was there on earth for a short 33 years, but in that time, He did so many amazing things. Most of all, He died and rose again for all of us, so that we can now live each day with Him. God is with us today and everyday. All we have to do is ask Him to enter in and take over our mess. To be our Lord and Savior. Then, He is with us. Isn't that that comforting reminder? That we don't have to do this life alone? That He is with us every step of the way? Hallelujah. Amen.