A Virgin Shall Conceive
||Rev. Ronald Van Overloop
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- The occasion.
- The kingdom of Judah is in imminent danger of being destroyed by Syria and Israel.
- Isaiah is instructed to meet Ahaz there and communicate God’s assurance that Judah need not fear (4,7).
- But Ahaz did not believe God, and refused a sign, pretending humility (12).
- God Himself will give a sign.
- This sign will show that God can and will do the impossible.
- And it shows that man will always refuse to admit that he cannot save himself.
- The virgin birth of Jesus proclaims that God, without the aid of man, gained salvation.
- This passage is a problem for some, because “virgin” may also be translated “a young woman.”
- The words of our text were fulfilled when Jesus was conceived in Mary and born in Bethlehem.
- This is the truth of the incarnation – the in-flesh-ment of God – God come in human flesh.
- The Redeemer was born, not by the will, the power, or the instrumentality of man.
- Because He is born of a virgin, His Father is the eternal God.
- This is the marvel of the grace of God.
- This wonder surpasses every other wonder (I Tim. 3:16).
- All that can be said of God and all that can be said of man can and may be said of Jesus.
- Once more: He is God with us – Immanuel. He is not only God for us, but God with us.
- And now in heaven He remains God with us.
- So let us bow down and worship before the God who is with us.