“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
My take: No matter what signs God gives some choose to respond and some not. Why is a profound mystery. Nonetheless, what a wonderful sign this was to all who cherish Christmas (which I like to interpret Christ-more).
This sign was given hundreds of years prior. How could a virgin birth a child? Divine intervention only. As the Bible says, nothing is impossible with God.
And the other huge clue here is His name; Immanuel. Don’t you know what Immanuel means?
God with us.
The story is amazing. Only God could conceive let alone pull off such a fix to the great virus of sin, starting with a very special baby. It little big baby born in a manger some 2000 years ago.
This is just one prophecy fulfilled. The Old testament is filled with hundreds more. Again, who could conceive of such, these prophesies, while work thru free willed, error prone people to record them. And then see that each and every one came and many still coming to fruition both with and without the cooperation of us. Amazing!
Mathew Henry wrote: And, if the prospect of the coming of the Divine Saviour was a never-failing support to the hopes of ancient believers, what cause have we to be thankful that the Word was made flesh! May we trust in and love Him, and copy his example.
God is with us. Are you with Him?
My prayer: Good God, in spite of and because of my temporary situation at this very moment, I know You are working all things out for good. Help me to cling to Your mission and may it be mine.