The people of Israel were waiting for a Saviour who would rescue and restore their nation. The prophet Isaiah called him "Immanuel" which means "God is with us". Which is why the birth of Jesus was such a momentous event. He was called "Immanuel" because his birth meant that God had come to save his people. This month as we look forward to Christmas we put ourselves in the shoes of the people of Israel as they looked forward to the coming of the Saviour. He is the one who brings hope and peace. He is God with us.