“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

Since sin entered the world, we have been in desperate need of a Messiah. There was nothing we were able to do by ourselves to be saved. The blood of the animal sacrifices performed in the Old Testament only covered the sin.

We needed the Perfect Lamb, the Savior, the Messiah to shed His blood to take our sins away completely.

There is so much love in today´s verses! Isaiah knew what it was like to warn and instruct God’s people; but the Lord also wanted His people to receive His comfort. God´s command for Isaiah was to comfort His people. He speaks tender, loving words, words that announce that the iniquities are pardoned, that they don´t have to fight anymore to be clean. The people were about to face the Assyrians taking them to captivity and they needed all the comfort God could provide.

The virgin would conceive and bear a child. The Savior would be born. The sin would be forgiven. My eyes fill with tears when I read these verses. When I look back to my life without Jesus, I can´t believe God decided to love me. I can´t believe Jesus died for someone like me, that He bore my many sins. I didn´t deserve it. And yet, the Messiah would be born to give me – and you! – life.

Dear God, You loved me so much that You sent Your only Son to pay the price of my sin. My heart is full of praise of gratitude. My mind is blown away when I see how Jesus fulfilled the prophecies told to the people so many years before He was born. Thank You for saving my soul and for giving me faith through Your mighty Word. Amen.

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