As I go forward in life, year by grinding year, waiting, learning, sinning, repenting, I learn more of the person and God Jesus and of His excellencies. Studying the Annunciation, and thinking of His name Immanuel, God with us, I think of God with Adam and Eve in the Garden right from the beginning- covering them in skins. With Hagar in the desert, wrestling with Jacob through the anxious night, with Abraham on Mt Moriah sacrificing Isaac, with Mary on the flight to Egypt, with Peter on the beach restoring him in love, with John on Patmos ... He surely is a God with us!
As you face 2016, perhaps it is in fear, or anxiety, or loneliness ... No matter how you feel, even if it is facing the new year in excitement, or wonder, or joy (because those are times we tend to not feel like we "need" God) - God is with you! He is W-I-T-H U-S, Immanuel!
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
and it will sweep on into Judah, it will overflow and pass on, reaching even to the neck, and its outspread wings will fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel.” (Isaiah 8:8)
Immanuel, equivalent to savior, a name given to Christ by Matthew, Matthew 1:23, after Isaiah 7:14. According to the orthodox interpretation the name denotes the same as θεανθρωπος, and has reference to the personal union of the human nature and the divine in Christ. (Strong's on Isaiah 8:8)He is with us, so who can be against us! You are in the hands of the Mighty Savior, He is with His people, and will not leave or forsake us.