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Promise of the Month - December, 2004

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14 KJV)

After trying to reach mankind with many signs and prophets, God came to the world Himself. He could have chosen any way to come to earth with the Good News. No doubt, many expected Him to arrive as a great and noble king, a fearless fighter.

Instead, He chose to come as an infant, the same way that we all arrive. Jesus was born in Bethlehem into a family of modest means. He lived as any child, and grew to become a great and humble man, rather than a proud and arrogant prince. Although He was tempted as we are, He never sinned. He came to be the light of the world, and He is still the truth, the way and the life.

During the time leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ, God promised to send a savior to redeem us. About 700 years before the birth of Christ, the prophet Isaiah made many promises about the messiah. One of the most interesting was that He would be born of a virgin - something impossible for anyone but God Himself. The savior was to be called Immanuel, which means 'God With Us'.

Behold, a virgin shall conceive
  • Now in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. Having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, you highly favored one! The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women!" But when she saw him, she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered what kind of salutation this might be. The angel said to her, "Don't be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and will call his name 'Jesus.' (Luke 1:26-31 WEB)
  • Now the birth of Jesus Christ was like this; for after his mother, Mary, was engaged to Joseph, before they came together, she was found pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, intended to put her away secretly. But when he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, don't be afraid to take to yourself Mary, your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:18-20 WEB)
and bear a son
  • Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David; to enroll himself with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him as wife, being pregnant. It happened, while they were there, that the day had come that she should give birth. She brought forth her firstborn son, and she wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a feeding trough, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:4-7 WEB)
  • She shall bring forth a son. You shall call his name Jesus, for it is he who shall save his people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21 WEB)
and shall call his name Immanuel
  • Now all this has happened, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, And shall bring forth a son. They shall call his name Immanuel;" Which is, being interpreted, "God with us." (Matthew 1:11-23 WEB)
  • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1,14 WEB)
  • I and the Father are one. (John 10:30 WEB)
  • Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father who lives in me does his works. (John 14:10 WEB)
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