O Emmanuel


Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.
      Is 7.14

All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means, God is with us.
     Mt 1.22–23

Emmanuel, as St Matthew’s Gospel tells us, means ‘God is with us’. The son of whose birth Isaiah speaks here in chapter 7 as well as in chapter 9 (‘unto us a child is born...’) is of course taken by Christian tradition to refer to Our Lord Himself, and to be the fulfillment of the prophetic vision that God would dwell with us, that His Law would be written on our hearts, that His Spirit would be poured out on all flesh, that all nations should come and stream to His light.