Hope you all are having a great week. This Sunday we will be reading together Isaiah 7:13-14.
"And he said, 'Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? 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 7:13-14).
This is such an important prophecy in redemptive history, and for good reason do we sings songs about this every Christmas season. For example, “O Come, O Come, Immanuel.” The name Immanuel comes from two Hebrew words, imanü: ‘with us’, and el: ‘God.’ Literally: God with us. And it is to this prophecy that Matthew refers when talking about the appearance of the angel to Joseph. There he says, “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’ (which means, God with us)” (1:22-23 ESV). Thus, what is so amazing about the salvation of God is that when Adam and Eve sinned, when humanity needed a savior, he did not choose to send an angel; he did not choose to provide salvation through an animal; he chose to be our savior himself. The God of all creation chose to take on flesh and blood and become human, to do for us what the first Adam failed to do—to live in perfect obedience to the Law of God and to produce a posterity who would live in perfect harmony with their Creator for all eternity. We could not reach up to God by our own efforts, so God reached down to us.
Looking forward to worshipping with you this Sunday at the Throne of Grace.