The 12 Verses of Christmas #4

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 7:14

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Matthew 1:23

Yesterday we looked at the prophecy and fulfillment of the place of the Saviour’s birth.  Today, we see the mode of His birth.  Jesus was not just any man.  He was different from every other man who had ever been born in the history of the world.  So His entrance into the world would be different than that of every other man in the history of the world.  He was perfect and His entrance into the world was perfect.

Man’s seed had been defiled by sin with Adam.  Every human born since the fall of man has been born with Adam’s fallen sinful nature.  That is our heritage from our “father” Adam.  With the birth of Jesus, God circumvented man.  He bypassed the man and He bypassed the man’s fallen, sinful nature.  It never ceases to amaze me just how perfect God’s plan is.  Everything fits together perfectly, just as you would expect with a plan directly from God.

The virgin birth is at once a perfect sign and a simple test of faith.  It is a perfect sign because it happened only once in the history of mankind.  There could be no mistaking this sign.  It is an utter impossibility, which would indicate a miracle from God if it happened.  At the same time, it is a test of faith.  Humanly, we would not believe this story.  A virgin could not conceive – it is humanly impossible.  Who would believe that?  Me.  And every other Bible believer in the world.  Thus the sign is also a test of faith.

The prophecy was there, and a virgin did conceive and did bring forth a Son, and did call His name Immanuel, for at that time, God truly was with us.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Loved this one Ben . . .thank you!


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