Wednesday, December 21, 2016

God's Love Produces the Greatest Miracle of ALL

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Scripture: Isaiah 7:13-14
Then he said, “Listen now, O house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well?  “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.

Insights: Today’s verses conclude our Thoughts by Scott this week and today’s verses really bring home the sermon title from this past Sunday.  The sermon was titled For God So Loved the World.  Remember the context of this passage.  Ahaz is a wicked king who does not love God.  God, however, loves him and wants a love relationship with him.  So, God instructs Ahaz to give Him a sign, but Ahaz refuses.  God, then, states He will provide a sign and that sign is a virgin will bear a son.  This son’s name will be Immanual, which we know means God with us.  The virgin birth is the greatest of all the miracles.  The reason it is the greatest is because without this miracle, none of the other miracles happen.  There is no feeding of the 5,000.  There is no healing of the blind and lame.  There is no raising Lazarus from the dead.  There is no death on a cross which results in a pagan soldier declaring, “Surely this man is the son of God.”  Without the virgin birth there is no resurrection from the dead for Jesus.  All the miracles of our Lord are contingent on this singular miracle.  God loved the world so much He sent His Son into the world.  It was God’s invasion into the battle ground of our enemy, Satan, in order to rescue the perishing.  Beloved, this is the greatest miracle of all.  May we truly be reflective of all this miracle cost our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Over the next few days leading up to Christmas, may your thoughts, actions and intentions be centered around our loving Lord, Jesus.  God bless you and Merry Christmas!

 1. Have you truly grasped the significance of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ?
 2. Does the foundational miracle produce joy within your heart?

Prayer: Father, thank You for sending Your Son to the earth.  This singular event changed everything.  It set up the process for all the miracles of Your Son to occur.  Even the miracle of saving my soul because of His work during Easter.  May You be brought praise this Christmas season because of this amazing miracle of love.  Amen.

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