Tuesday, March 13
Prophecy given: Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
“You will meet someone new today, and they will change your life.” That was the note that came out of the little cookie received after a great lunch. My first and really only response was, “That is so generic, it could happen to anyone.” A prediction is safe when it is obvious and general but when a prophecy becomes specific, that is when the predictor puts everything on the line. If they are right, everyone knows it. If they are wrong, everyone knows it. In Isaiah 7:14, God gave us the most specific prophecy about Jesus through the prophet Isaiah.
A virgin will conceive. Talk about putting all your credibility on the line. That is what God did with this prophecy. He went right to the impossible–something that had never happened before. Something that–if it did happen–would defy explanation other than being an act of God. Why? Because, virgins don’t have babies. But if one did… that would be something, wouldn’t it?