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All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, Behold the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which is translated, God with us.
Matthew 1:22.23

The birth of Jesus as the Son of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit, is constantly brushed aside by doubters as a “pious legend” or “Christian mythology”. This event is, however, too wonderful, a true miracle of God, and only those can believe it who know God as the Creator of all things and able to act supernaturally.

Some 750 years previously Isaiah had prophesied that God would give the people a sign by means of this event (ch. 7, v. 14), a sign of His incomprehensible condescension. God became man, for this Child was conceived by the Holy Spirit. So whoever denies the virgin birth simultaneously denies that He is God and therewith attacks a fundamental tenet of the Christian faith.

At the behest of the angel the Child was named Jesus. “Immanuel” is therefore not His actual name, but rather the expression of who this Son is: God and Man in one Person – God with us. In this way alone could He become the Mediator between God and men (cf. 1 Timothy 2, 5), the seed of the woman, whom God had announced immediately after the fall through sin.

(cf. Genesis 3, 15).

Here we see on the one hand great humility, on the other true majesty. Redeemed Christians know that this is the starting-point of their salvation; they bow down before this inexplicable wonder, but hold it fast by faith.

Today’s reading: Deuteronomy ch. 5, vv. 1 - 21





 


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