Words from the Heart for Friday December 2nd, 2016
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
Matthew 1:22-23 (NIV)
The Virgin Birth
Christmas is right around the corner! Every year, we celebrate by giving and receiving gifts as a way of remembering God’s greatest gift to us. God kept His promises to His people in sending His Son, and He continues to keep His promise to be with us by giving us the Spirit of Christ. Thank God that He keeps His promises to His people!
Canadian women are waiting longer than ever to have their first child, and according to recent census statistics, they are having more children. The number of children under the age of five increased by 11% between 2006 and 2011 according to Census Canada. That’s the largest increase since the tail end of the baby boom 50 years ago. The last five years have also seen the fertility rate increase to 1.7 children per woman from 1.5. The average age of a first-time mother in 1983 was 26.9 years of age. In 2012, 29 years later, the average first-time mother was well over 29 years of age. Interestingly the average age of brides has steadily increased to 31.5 years and for grooms to 34. Women with a university degree have children an average of five years later than those without a degree.
God had a plan for the redemption of the world long before Jesus stepped into our world. Even before He created the world He knew that sin would mar the perfection of His creation. His love drove Him to create the world and His love drove Him to set into motion a plan to redeem that world after it had fallen into sin. God Himself would step into the world, the perfect One stepping into the lives of those who need a Saviour. In order for Jesus to be able to fulfill God’s plan, He needed to be fully human and fully God, and so the following was part of the plan, according to Matthew 1:22-23: “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).” God’s plan was to be with us. And in order for that to happen, it meant that Jesus had to be born to a virgin. There could be no doubt that Jesus was both fully God and fully man. God spoke through the prophet Isaiah that the Messiah’s mother would be a virgin and Matthew tells us that Jesus conception was the fulfillment of prophecy. God’s plan was being fulfilled and so much more about Jesus’ life would prove that it was all happening just as He said it would.
These have been words from the heart.