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Sunday, December 23, 2007
"Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel."
And Jesus came just the way God told Isaiah to write it, not the predictable way, not the expected, not the normal. The virgin really did conceive and bear her son. God's son.
How much stock do we put in this prophecy? Couldn't somebody have just made it up after the fact somehow? Or perhaps Matthew and the other New Testament writers told their stories to mesh with the old prophecies.
Those rational-izations are tempting. I'm glad the sources of Bible texts are so well-researched and questioned. That makes their truth all the more powerful. If Jesus is who he said he is, then we are celebrating the only Really Important day in the history of the world, the day of God's blessing us ... every one.
Father, you send a son, and call us sons as well. You come to live among us. Emmanuel.