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A Virgin Will Be with Child

December 20, 2017

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A Virgin Will Be with Child

We all love to experience  the wondrously “impossible”  coming true for us  —  the dream come true!     It’s hopeful  to hear Luke 1:37 say, “For nothing will be impossible  for God”.     And then,  when Jesus says  in Matthew 19:26“With men this is impossible,  but with God  all things are possible,  we really listen up.

Jesus’ birth  was the fulfillment  of many different prophecies dealing  with His lineage,  where He would be born,  and the condition  of His humble poverty.     The prophecy  that people might tend  to consider the most miraculous  is found  in Isaiah 7:14.     There,  the prophecy embedded in history  states,

Therefore the Lord Himself  will give you a sign:  Behold,  a virgin will be with child  and bear a son,  and she will call His name  Immanuel.”

The Hebrew word for “virgin” here refers  to a young woman  of marriageable age  —  one who is veiled  or private.      It refers to one  who has not been  out and about.     All that was true  of Mary,  the mother of Jesus.     And so,  we read about Mary’s reaction  to the angel, Gabriel’s  announcement  that she would become the mother  of  “the Son  of the Most High” ,  in Luke 1:26-35,

Now  in the sixth month  the angel Gabriel was sent  from God  to a city in Galilee,  called Nazareth,  to a virgin engaged  to a man  whose name was Joseph,  of the descendants of David;  and the virgin’s name  was Mary.     And coming in,  he said to her,  “Hail,  favored one!     The Lord is  with you.”

But she was greatly troubled  at this statement,  and kept pondering  what kind of salutation  this might be.

And the angel said  to her,  “Do not be afraid,  Mary;  for you have found favor  with God.     And behold,  you will conceive  in your womb,  and bear a son,  and you shall name Him Jesus.     He will be great,  and will be called  the Son  of the Most High;  and the Lord God  will give Him the throne  of His father David;  and He will reign  over the house of Jacob  forever;  and His kingdom  will have no end.”

And Mary said  to the angel,  “How can this be,  since I am a virgin?”

And the angel answered  and said to her,  “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,  and the power  of the Most High  will overshadow you;  and for that reason  the holy offspring  shall be called  the Son of God.”

The “Son of God“?     This does not seem possible.     But,  Mary was devout  in her faith  in the LORD,  who had promised a Messiah.     And,  Isaiah had made another curious prophecy  about the Messiah.     In Isaiah 9:6-7,  he reveals,

For a child  will be born  to us,  a son  will be given  to us;   
And the government  will rest  on His shoulders;   
And His name will be called  Wonderful CounselorMighty GodEternal FatherPrince of Peace.   

There will be no end  to the increase  of His government or  of peace,   
On the throne of David  and over his kingdom,   
To establish it  and to uphold it  with justice  and righteousness   
From then on  and forevermore.   
The zeal of the LORD  of hosts  will accomplish this.

“The zeal of the LORD of hosts”  can accomplish  the seemingly impossible,  for all things are possible  with God.     God’s zeal is  for us.     God’s zeal repeatedly shows us  throughout His word  that He is the Almighty  and His love for us  is true.

If we want  a real Christmas miracle  in our hearts,  we need  to turn to the Lord  in His word  and look at all He has done  for us  in Christ.     We need to examine  how God fulfills  all His prophecies  in His time  and exactly as He foretells it.

As we see God’s love  and power  in the Christmas account,  we know for sure  that we can entrust  our whole lives  into God’s loving hands.     Because of God’s love  in Christ  we can well afford  to live  according to God’s word.     We no longer  have to be afraid  of the taunting  and mocking  of the world.     We no longer  have to be afraid  of the pressures  and threats  and sufferings  in this world.

It is as the apostle Peter writes  in 1 Peter 3:14-16,

Even if you should suffer  for the sake of righteousness,  you are blessed.     And do not fear their intimidation,   and do not be troubled,  but sanctify Christ  as Lord  in your hearts,  always being ready  to make a defense  to every one  who asks you  to give an account  for the hope  that is in you,  yet with gentleness  and reverence;  and keep a good conscience  so that  in the thing  in which you are slandered,  those who revile your good behavior  in Christ  may be put  to shame.

That is exactly  how Joseph and Mary had  to be  as they faced those around them,  pregnant  and unmarried.    Whatever the talk  might have been,  Matthew 1:24-25 records,

And Joseph arose  from his sleep,  and did  as the angel of the Lord  commanded him,  and took her  as his wife,  and kept her a virgin  until she gave birth  to a Son,  and he called His name Jesus.

Life can be complicated,  but when we live  in the Lord,  He will work all things  for our good.     Therefore,  we can say,   “Hallelujah!     Lord, all things  truly are possible  with You.    Nothing is impossible  for You.     Let us live  to Your glory,  like Joseph and Mary did.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

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This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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