More than 700 years before Jesus’s birth, there was a prophet named Isaiah, which has one of the most important prophesies recorded when it comes to Jesus’s birth. These prophecies begin in chapter 7 and end in chapter 9. For this message, we will look at chapters 7 & 8. In chapter 7, king Ahaz was given a sign from God about a baby being born of a woman that was a virgin in the near future. These verses are very important for nobody had ever born a child as a virgin. It is written, “moreover the Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying, ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord. And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.” (Isaiah 7:10-15) This same woman, we know to be Mary, who bore Jesus, as a virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit.
What we just read in chapter 7 speaks of a man called Immanuel that would be born of a virgin. This reference is interpreted as “God with us”, as we will now read in Isaiah, chapter 8. It reads, “And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel. Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.” (Isaiah 8:8-10) And so we learn about God coming into the world through a virgin, which is the promised Messiah. This is speaking of Jesus, and everyone that had ears to hear and eyes to see Him knew it was God dwelling among His people Israel. I wrote a message speaking about this from Matthew, chapter 1, HERE, that I hope you read in conjunction with this message. My friends, Jesus did fulfill this prophecy and is alive. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, It is so good to come before You this day. I am in awe just to be in Your presence. You have done great things in my life Jesus, and I gave You thanks for everything. I know that long ago, You were born of the virgin Mary through the power of the Holy Spirit. You fulfilled the very prophesy in Isaiah, chapter 7, which said that Immanuel would come into the world through a virgin, which is interpreted, God with us. And although it is recorded in Matthew that You are God with us, people still deny the fact that You are God. It is hard to believe that this can be true for anyone who reads the Holy Bible. Surely, Your words are a lamp unto my feet and I can never read enough of what You can teach me. It has become a daily routine to jump into the next chapter in the Bible and study out every verse thoroughly. Through prayer do I learn through the Holy Spirit. I would never wish to gain man-made beliefs through reading the Bible on my own and then deceive others in the same way. Therefore, I only ask that You teach me. I am open to Your wisdom. To change from wrong beliefs to Yours is all I’ve asked for. Lead me, Lord. I trust in You, God. Thank You for saving me. I love You, Lord. Amen.