Who is Emmanuel? Emmanuel means God with us, and Emmanuel is one of the names for Jesus. Clive explains why Emmanuel is what Christmas is all about! From Buck Denver Asks Why Do We Call It Christmas?
Who Is Emmanuel?
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
To ransom captive Israel …
What’s it mean, anyway? “Emmanuel?”
“Emmanuel” means “God with us!”
Which he most certainly is not
Why do ya say that?
Well, look at the day we’ve had! My truck broke down – then those ladies were rude to us – then you guys come along, what happens? Your sleigh breaks! Cuz of a rabbit! Where’s “God with us” in all that?
I think you’re missin’ the point, Chuck Waggin.
Well what’s it mean, then?
It means the ultimate bad thing will never happen to you!
He’s right! “Emmanuel is one of the names for Jesus – Jesus is “God with us.” This is the most important bit of Christmas! This is what Christmas is all about!
Oh come on! I’ve heard that a million times! “Giving! What Christmas is all about!” “Family! What Christmas is all about!” “Gettin’ a great deal on a new TV! What Christmas is all about!”
No – listen. The world says the “real meaning” of Christmas is all sorts of things – shopping, family, big sales on TVs and refrigerators. But we know it’s Jesus, right? That’s why it’s called “Christmas!”