It Took A Miracle

Daily God Walk for Monday, January 11, 2009

The Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.   – Isaiah 7:14

 God had been trying for over 1000 years to show the descendants of Abraham the way to being reconciled to himself, but they didn’t have it in them to follow his way. He gave them a set of rules to follow, and they couldn’t keep them. He gave them priests to offer sacrifices of atonement for them and the priests became corrupted. He gave them prophets and they were not accepted. He gave them kings and they became self-serving. Was there ever going to be an answer for them?

Even when the Jews were in failure, and in the midst of warning them of judgment to come, God always left a door open of restoration. In times of despair God would offer them hope. In this passage is saying that even though they were in rebellion against his way, he would give them a sign of his intent to reconcile man to himself.

“The Lord himself will give you a sign. The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” They may not have understood what God was saying, but those on this side of the timeline which marks the birth of Christ know what he was saying.

Immanuel, God with us. God himself was to be born into the family of man from the womb of a woman who had not known a man. In a miraculous birth God would present himself the answer to the dilemmas man faced. God would become a man so that through the life, death, and resurrection of the God-man all of mankind would have access to reconciliation to God.

Through Immanuel, God with us, whom we know as Jesus, the Christ of Redemption, believers from all nations are reconciled to God. Because we are reconciled to right relationship with God the Holy Spirit has been released to us to renew our spirit man so that we can become fully restored to the person God intended us to be.

To that I can only say, “Hallelujah.”

 Principle: Through Immanuel believers from all nations are reconciled

 Affirmation:  I am reconciled through Immanuel, God who is with me

 Prayer:  Thank you for the birth of Immanuel, Jesus the Christ of Redemption and for the work of reconciliation he did for us. Amen. 

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