As with the other titles, Emmanuel is not so much a proper name as a message. Emmanuel means “God is with us.”
Read (This can also be sung to the melody “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”) O come, Desire of nations, bind, In one the hearts of all mankind; Bid Thou our sad divisions cease, and be Thyself our King of Peace….
Have you ever wondered why Jesus began his public ministry in the northern region of Galilee and not in Jerusalem?
O come, O come, thou Key of David come,
And open wide our heavenly home,
Make safe the way that leads on high,
and close the path to misery.
When Isaiah declared these words, times were bleak. The Davidic throne was in peril. Soon the city of Jerusalem and its temple would be leveled and burned to the ground.