Posted by: peebles | December 22, 2012

Isaiah 7:14 (NIV) ~ Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Three of the most defining moments which, to many, are far beyond human comprehension, are as follows:

1  The virgin birth of Jesus Christ.

2  The cross of Jesus Christ.

3  The resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Consider for a moment, the miracle through which the Incarnate Deity came into this world. The Seed that was not of this world was conceived within the womb of Mary through the Holy Spirit. He overshadowed her with the Presence of God, so that the Holy One to born of her would be called the Son of God, Immanuel; God with us.

 

Oh, how glorious does the hymn writer Charles Wesley pen these Holy Spirit inspired lyrics from the song, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”:

Christ by highest heaven adored, Christ the everlasting Lord!

Late in time behold Him come offspring of a Virgin’s womb,

Veiled in the flesh the Godhead see, Hail the Incarnate Deity,

Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.

 

To the world this was an impossible task, but not to God, for with God all things are possible! He chose a faithful woman in Mary and a faithful and righteous man in Joseph. God entrusted Joseph with taking care of Mary, and would have no union with her until after Jesus was born. The miracle of the virgin being with child can only be God, for it was a womb which was pure, not touched, nor defiled by human flesh, so a supernatural, Holy Seed could be conceived through a virgin.

 

God of God, Light of Light,

Lo! He abhors not the Virgin’s womb:

Very God, Begotten, not created,

O come let us adore Him.

 

He was born as a sign for all the world to know that God has sent a Savior who will be called Jesus, to save His people from their sins.

We do not worship the virgin, but worship the God of the virgin who brought Jesus Christ into the world. For even Mary called herself, the Lord’s servant, said this in Luke 1: 46 to 47 (NIV), “And Mary said, ‘My souls glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.’”

 

My friend, we are not called to worship the virgin birth, just as we are not called to worship the cross of Jesus, nor His Resurrection. but we are called to worship Jesus Christ the Savior of souls. The sign given by God was properly spoken of in our text for today from Isaiah 7:14 (NIV), “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” It was gloriously fulfilled when Jesus was born, low into poverty, under the curse, wrapped in swaddling clothes. The God of the Universe came down among His people to save them, to redeem them from the curse and bring them into His blessings. From the womb of a virgin to the cross of Calvary and His glorious Resurrection, Jesus Christ came to save us from our sins.

 

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


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