• Jennifer

A Promise Delivered (Advent Week 1)

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us.)” Matthew 1:23

Can you imagine that first cry of sweet baby Jesus?

God in the flesh.

What was going on in Mary and Joseph’s minds, as they watched Him sleep? They’d heard the angel’s announcement, but could they possibly understand?

Other’s heard too, like Isaiah, who hundreds of years before Jesus’ first infant cry prophesied of the coming Messiah.

He told of a fallen people’s need for a Savior and of God’s sovereign plan of grace and mercy.

Did Isaiah himself fully grasped the weight of the words he penned.

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light;

those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,

on them has light shone.

For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and of peace

there will be no end,

on the throne of David and over his kingdom,

to establish it and to uphold it

with justice and with righteousness

from this time forth and forevermore.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

While most Jews looked with longing for the day a warrior King would come, a tiny baby was born and laid in a manger.

Isaiah prophesied of His birth, but they misunderstood.

He’s a Savior born, not of natural conception, but of a virgin. Born to bring hope.

Light in Darkness.

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (vs. 6).

A baby born not into royalty, but to a simple carpenter and his teenage wife.

Who could have seen it coming?

But He came just as God had revealed.

Matthew 1:18-25

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 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).When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

Our hope today is that this prophecy is fulfilled.

As you light the Prophecy (Hope) Candle this Advent season, remember every word spoken about the coming Messiah has been fulfilled in the birth of our Savior, Jesus.

He is our hope.

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