Words from the Heart for Tuesday December 5th, 2017
The Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).
Isaiah 7:14 (NLT)
A Virgin Shall Conceive
God spoke the promise of a Saviour through the prophet Isaiah. The way God would fulfill His promise would be impossible except for a miracle. The Lord was planning the Saviour’s birth this way so that we would know He was God. One name for the Saviour would be “Immanuel”—God with us! Sin separates us from God. But, God would come to us!
Karen Ffolliot had her 50th birthday on July 1 of this year. If you do the math, you will figure out that she was born on July 1, 1967 and that’s what makes her noteworthy. Born Kara Marie Ott, she entered this world at 12:18 AM in Regina, Saskatchewan, making her the first baby born in Canada on our nation’s hundredth birthday. Her mother was in labour for 40 hours, just long enough for July 1 to arrive.
There are some things that happen in our lives that have no scientific explanation. They don’t make any logical sense. God has a habit of doing something that reveals the reality of His presence or His unequaled power. Those of us who have trusted Christ as our Saviour can testify to the times in our lives when God has performed a miracle that has no other explanation than God’s intervention in our lives. There is no bigger example of this than the supernatural conception of Jesus Christ. Isaiah the prophet was given a glimpse into the future when he wrote, in Isaiah 7:14: “The Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).” Isaiah said that the sign of the Messiah was that He would be conceived in the womb of a virgin. In the realm of science, this is impossible. But nothing is impossible for the God who spoke all of creation into being. Nine months before the first Christmas, the angels would tell Mary that this prophecy would be fulfilled in her.
These have been words from the heart.