Nestled in this thick prophetic chapter is a jewel. A verse that we have all heard referenced and held on to.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. (v.14)
What great words! Makes you think about Christmas huh?!? Isaiah is rich in prophecy and history. We know that this book was read by many of the leaders we read about in the Bible including Jesus (Luke 4/Isaiah 61). Philip used it as an evangelism tool in Acts 8/Isaiah 53.
Isaiah, whose name means “salvation of the Lord”, was a man in touch with God. He was a courageous man who hated sin and the sham of religion. He boldly declared the Word of the Lord to kings, priests, and people without wavering – even when public opinion went against him. He was skilled in communicating God’s truth. Isaiah prophesied about Jesus’ birth and His death – giving precious details that God lovers held onto dearly for many years.
Verse 14 is significant to us for many reasons.
It’s a sign sent to us from the Lord Himself
God wanted us to know. The miracle of the virgin birth is a sign from God confirming to us who Jesus was.
It told us that the birth of the Messiah would be an immaculate conception – a virgin birth
Jesus could not have been born through the normal birth process. Why? Because all humans since Adam and Eve inherit a sin nature at birth (Psalm 51:5). Jesus could not have a sin nature and give life as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. It took a virgin birth to produce a Messiah.
It reminded who He was – Immanuel – God with us
God was with man from the beginning of creation in the Garden of Eden. Then sin separated us and God. Jesus was God with us again. Jesus lived a perfect life to show us how to live and then died as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
John would say it this way:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-2, 14
Take a moment right now and thank God for the gift of His Son (John 3:16-17).
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor