Jesus is Emmanuel

One of the titles for Jesus that means so much to me is that He is Emmanuel, which means God with us. As we continue in this season of Advent, that title of ‘Emmanuel’ says so much about the way in which Jesus’ coming as a human reveals who God is.

Stanley Grenz, a twentieth century Christian theologian, speaks of this revelation of God in a powerful manner:

As the advent season through which we have recently moved suggests, Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us. That is, Jesus is the revelation of the eternal God. But at the same time, he discloses to us what God created us to be, and thus in him we find true humanity as well. Not only does Jesus model for us true humanness–what it means to live as persons before God–he also is our Savior, for he opens the way for us to live as persons in community with God and each other.

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