Sunday, December 22, 2013

Advent Day #22 - Isaiah 7:10-14

Later, the Lord sent this message to King Ahaz: "Ask the Lord your God for a sign of confirmation, Ahaz.  Make it as difficult as you want-as high as heaven or as deep as the place of the dead."  But the king refused, "No", he said, "I will not test the Lord like that."  Then Isaiah said, "Listen well, you royal family of David!  Isn't it enough to exhaust human patience?  Must you exhaust the patience of my God as well?  All right then, the Lord himself will give you a sign.  Look!  The virgin will conceive a child!  She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means "God is with us")."

The virgin birth is probably one of the most challenging things to grasp about the birth of Christ.  God used the prophet Isaiah to foretell this hundreds of years before the birth of Christ.  It should come as no suprise that God chose to bring his son in this way.  He has created the womb.  He has taught us numerous times that he has the power to open and close the womb.  He gave a son to Abraham and Sarah.  He gave a son to Elizabeth and Zechariah.  This is entirely different.  This virgin will conceive of the Holy Spirit.  This child will have no earthly father.  He will be called Immanuel.  Immanuel means God with us.  He is with us, because this child is the very incarnation of God on earth.  God has veiled his divinity in the fallen flesh of a tiny baby.  The creator has humbled himself and become a the creature.  He has not given up any part of his divinity, but for a time the God of the universe will be a helpless little baby.  He will rely on his mother for everything.  It is amazing to think about the God of the universe humbling himself to such a low station.  How can we be prideful?  Shouldn't we follow the amazing example of our creator?  Who was willing to become the very least to bring us the very greatest gift of Christmas!  God is still with us.  Jesus said after he was gone that he would send the comforter.  At the day of pentecost, the Holy Spirit came an indwelt the Church.  He is still their to fill the hearts of believers.  He is their to bring about the renewing of our minds.  He is the one that will lead us to greater Christ-likeness.  Thank God that we do not have to do it on our own.  God is with us!

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