I think it's really cool that we're reading Isaiah right around Christmastime because the prophecy from God that is spoken of in Isaiah 7 is specifically about Christ's birth. How did the prophet know so long before it happened that Jesus would have his advent to earth? God told him. That's a pretty simple answer, but the result of the prophecy is a pretty profound reality. The very nature of his name, "Immanuel," means that God is with us. He sent His son to be with us. He gave us an example; He showed us what this life was meant to be – something radically different from the lifestyle that people were living. I am so glad for the sign, and I am also glad for Isaiah's faithfulness in reporting God's message… a message of hope for us even still today… that Immanuel would come to earth. God would be with us… God is with us. If that's not a reason to rejoice, I don't know what is.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.