Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign:Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bright forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."
Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?"
And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible."
Hello on this beautiful Tuesday!
I said before that one of the proofs of the New Testament being true was that it follows all the prophesies of the Old Testament. This is one of them. And it's only one verse in the Old! I also said before that the virgin birth wasn't the only part of Christmas, but it's still a part of it. If you don't know what a virgin birth is, it's a virgin giving birth. And if nothing in that seems amazing to you and you still don't understand, you're probably not old enough to be reading this blog.
So God said that our Immanuel * would be born of a virgin. It takes a lot of faith to believe in a virgin birth. Technically, it's impossible, according to the rules of our world. Thus, it is a miracle.
God called it. He said it would happen, and then hundreds of years later, it happened. Prophesies that were told always come true. It's sometimes a metaphor that we don't catch, and sometimes it's very literal, but we don't know until it happens.
* Immanuel means 'God with us', Jesus means 'the Lord is salvation'. Immanuel was more of a title, like Christ is a title for Jesus. There's a Christmas carol with the line 'Jesus our Emmanuel' in it. This means that Jesus was our God with us.
So what did we learn today?
-Jesus was born of a virgin birth, which was prophesied in Isaiah
-Prophesies, no matter how unscientific and strange, will always come true IF they are from God.
Have a great day in the world God created for us, and try to find wonder in the miracles that God has done.
In His Service,