7 Days - Isaiah 7:14
“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)
With just one more week left until Christmas day, let's celebrate with diving into one of the most famous prophecies about the birth of Jesus Christ. "(The Messiah's birth) signifies both the divine power and the divine purity with which he shall be brought into the world,—that he shall be a extraordinary person, for he shall not be born by ordinary generation,—and that he shall be a holy thing, not stained with the common pollutions of the human nature, therefore incontestably fit to have the throne of his father David given him" (Matthew Henry).
Despite all the trial and tribulation occurring in the land of Israel at this time, hundreds of years before Jesus was to be born, a beautiful promise is made. The Lord has His eyes on His people despite the suffering they've endured and The Lord promises to stay alongside them, giving them a sign of His deliverance from the evil of the world. And this sign being, that a virgin shall conceive and she will bear a son named Immanuel.
Immanuel means "God with us". This promise isn't just for the Son of Man to be born unto the earth, but it is furthermore a promise that God gives a glimpse of His Son's ministry to people. By stating He shall be called Immanuel, He is telling His people: I will be with you. I will deliver you. I will save you; I will send you a Savior. My Son isn't just any son, He is 100% God and 100% man, in fact, He will eat honey and curds as you do (Isaiah 7:15)! This is a beautiful promise made from The Lord our God and we can see history prove it's fulfillment.
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God" (Luke 1:26-35).
In this passage, we see Jesus is to be called three different names, but none of those names are Immanuel, so how this does exactly fulfill prophecy? In Isaiah 7:14, there are three things that must happen:
The virgin shall conceive.
The virgin shall bear a son.
He shall be called Immanuel.
And in Luke 1:26-35, we see numerous passages of prophecy fulfilled in just one conversation, but we will investigate how it specifically applies to Isaiah 7:14:
The angel Gabriel visits a virgin.
Tells that virgin she conceive and bear a son.
He says, The Lord is with you. (The meaning of the name Immanuel.)
Jesus Christ was brought into the world by a virgin woman, not born of ordinary generation (as Isaiah 7:14 says), but rather by the Holy Spirit. This shows the Son's deity. The angel Gabriel is reaffirming this by saying Mary's son will be called Son of God, Son of the Most High, that the Lord God Himself will give her son the eternal throne of King David. The angel Gabriel is reaffirming time and time again that this Son is to be from God, by the Holy Spirit, existing in perfect Deity with God. That Son of the Most High will come down to be born into a family descending from King David, to live on this earth...God with us. But the most beautiful thing of all? Mary is to name Him Jesus. The meaning of Jesus, or in Hebrew: Yeshua, means: to deliver, to rescue, to save. To deliver, rescue, and save who? The people He is with here on earth and the people He is to be with for generations and generations to come. God with us. God delivering us. God rescuing us. God saving us.
Due to the birth of Jesus Christ, we are delivered. We are rescued. We are saved.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him" (John 3:16-17).
How do you feel God is with you today?
What is one thing that is hard for you to believe you are saved from? (Ex. fear, sin, judgement, etc.) Why?
Write a prayer out to God.