Christmas Eve: Jesus or Emmanuel?
Today Matthew links the prophesy of Isaiah to Jesus that they will call him Emmanuel, but His name is Jesus not Emmanuel. So what gives? Jesus means “God redeems” and Emmanuel means “God is with us”. Jesus by being Fully Man and Fully God takes on the name of Emmanuel just in virtue of his existence because he is God and he became man. How does that change our life knowing that God is not some clock maker who made us and is disinterested, but intimately concerned with us and even dwells with us in all things of our life?