Words from the Heart for Wednesday December 5th, 2018
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
Isaiah 7:14 (NKJV)
The Virgin Will Conceive
This word requires a miracle of God to come to pass. It is impossible by human standards for a virgin to give birth to a child. Yet, the Lord gives the promise. He also names the son to be born: Immanuel. This points us again to the need for a miracle because it means “God with us.” That is impossible except that God comes supernaturally to the earth. And, He did!
More and more Canadian couples are deciding to only have one child, or none at all. That trend towards limited child-bearing is increasingly reflected in Canada’s average fertility rate, which 2016 census figures have pegged at 1.6. In Canada, that rate has been steadily falling over the last several decades: 1971 was the last year when the average number of children matched the 2.1 replacement level needed for the population to renew itself, without being bolstered by immigration.
One of the greatest miracles in the Bible is the conception of the Messiah. Way back in the Old Testament, the prophet Isaiah wrote, in Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” This was the heart of God’s plan for the redemption of the world. There wasn’t a human being, not one offspring of Adam, who was without sin, and only a sinless One could bear the sins of the world. So God had to ensure that there would be no doubt in the mind of anyone that the one born of Mary was the sinless Son of God. His name would be Immanuel, God with us. His mother knew this to be true, as did His stepfather Joseph. His cousin John knew this, and eventually His disciples understood it. The virgin birth is essential to the Christian faith because Jesus’ complete humanity and His complete divinity are necessary for our salvation. Because Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, He is God with us. He remains that today. How does He manifest His presence in your life?
These have been words from the heart.