"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
What strikes you as remarkable when you read this? A virgin birth is an incredible event, a real miracle that would undoubtedly go instantly viral in our social media feeds if it happened today. Yet the virgin birth is just a sign that points to something far more remarkable, and that thing is a son named Immanuel, which means ‘God with us’. Maybe we’re used to taking Jesus’ time on earth for granted. But what we see in this verse is the Lord promising us that he will be with us, and it’s utterly ridiculous – the Almighty, eternal, holy, perfect God announcing that he will enter this world and be with us! Not just coming as an almighty ruler of vast territories, as would be his right, but we see in the Gospels that he came as a mere carpenter to wander and tell people about himself, before sacrificing himself to save us. That is the God we can know, love, and serve. A God who loves us so much that he would come to make himself known to us, to suffer alongside us, and to be with us. Our God is Immanuel.
- Sean and Becca Ravenhall