These Scriptures foretell of the birth of Christ. We know from these passages that it was to be a supernatural event in that a virgin would conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit. We also learn that the virgin chosen, Mary was engaged to be married at the time and was favoured by God. The name given to the child would be Immanuel meaning God with us which gives us an inkling that God himself would be living and breathing amongst mankind.
The book of Isaiah was written some 700 years before the birth of Jesus. That’s a lot of warning about God’s intentions and plans! God knew human beings needed rescuing from their sins and his answer was to send his son to live amongst us. I take heart in that God always had a plan in mind when it came to restoring our broken relationship with himself. God’s sovereignty shines through these passages of Scripture. As followers of Jesus, God also has a plan for each of our lives. There are no accidents or making it up as you go along but like Mary we need to willingly and humbly agree to it.
Dear Lord, thank you for planning to send Jesus all along. I also give thanks for the plan you have for my life. Please help me understand and follow that plan. Amen
Written by Ps. Ainslie Woods