Christmas Prophecy #2

Posted by on Dec 2, 2008 in Blog Posts | 1 comment

Messiah was to be born of a virgin
Isaiah 7:14 says, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

The New Testament fulfillment of this prophecy is found in Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-38.

Before Mary and Joseph came together, she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. After an angel appeared to Joseph and communicated with him as to what God wanted him to do, Joseph obeyed. Mary remained a virgin and they named the baby, “Jesus”. All this was to fulfill God’s plan as spoken through the prophet Isaiah.

This prophecy takes a tremendous amount of faith on our parts to believe. Nothing like this had happened before and has not happened since Jesus’ conception. This is extraordinary. Some may say it’s too good to be true. Well, it’s too good, AND it is true.

The Scripture doesn’t give us the facts about how all this happened. We are a people who want to know the nitty-gritty. We have to have a thorough explanation in order to believe.

Do we?

That’s not faith. Furthermore, we may be focusing on part of this prophecy without considering another part. Go back and look at the first part of Isaiah’s prophecy.

It says this: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign…”.

To me, that’s the part that clinches the deal and seals it up. You can read three differing views in commentaries on the historical setting of Isaiah’s day and what was going on with Judah and King Ahaz and why this sign was important to King Ahaz and the nation. To me, Matthew and Luke clear up the confusion surrounding the prophecy and that it was referring to Christ, “God with us” (Hebrew), “He will save us from our sin” (Greek).

The fact is, God gave a sign. Some saw it. Some did not. Some believed it. Some did not. They had the message of Isaiah. They lived in a time to behold it’s occurence, but some still didn’t believe.

Isn’t that the case today? We have heard of this Messiah and that He has come. Some of us accept and believe. Others have a hard time because they try too hard to rationalize and analyze. Let us pray for those who have a hard time believing in this Messiah who was born of a virgin, “Lord, help their unbelief.”

One Comment

  1. Just wanted you to know how much I look forward to reading what you have posted for us. Thanks for your dedication. It really helps me to stay grounded and these last two have been so touching. Hope your holidays are going very well. Look forward to seeing you next week.

    FC

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