Seven hundred years prior to Jesus’ coming, God promised King Ahaz, an unfaithful king of Judah (2 Kings 16; 2 Chron. 28), that He would protect him from the military invasion of Aram and Israel (Isa. 7:1-9). Despite Ahaz’s persistent lack of faith, God promised him and the rest of Judah a sign that this destruction wouldn’t happen (Isa. 7:10-16). However, God would then allow Judah to face great suffering at the hands of Assyria because Judah had put their faith in Assyria’s military power rather than in God (Isa. 7:17–8:10). The sign was a boy named Immanuel—“God with us”—whose name would serve as a reminder to them that God was with them in both judgment for the faithless and His grace for the faithful (Isa. 7–12). Jesus was born to be the complete fulfillment of that prophecy. As Immanuel, “God with us,” the Messiah’s coming would mean salvation for those who believe and judgment for those who will not (Luke 2:34).
How does Jesus’ being “God with us” comfort you as you put your trust in Him?