The book, “Songs of the Deliverer,” tells the story of Christ re-cast in modern day. The book is a work of fiction but the stories and characters are based on the Gospels of the New Testament. These Reflections are written to highlight the Biblical pericopes.
Referenced in the Prelude
In 1947, shepherds in the land now known as Israel found over 900 buried parchments near the Dead Sea. Referred to as the Dead Sea Scrolls, these documents were later proven to be thousands of years old. One scroll, 24 feet in length, was authored by the prophet Isaiah, hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ. The Book of Isaiah would become one of the most frequently cited Old Testament writings in the New Testament and was quoted by Jesus multiple times.
In the beginning of the Book of Isaiah, the people are confronted with threats to their sovereignty. Isaiah is commissioned by God to go and tell them to stand strong in their faith and, if they do, their righteousness will persevere. Then, to substantiate God’s promise of ultimate salvation, from Isaiah 7:14 the prophecy is made: the Lord will send a sign, a young woman is with child and shall bear a son and shall name him Emmanuel—God is with us.
Hundreds of years later, in Matthew 1:21, the story would be told of the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy by writing that a young woman named Mary had conceived a child born of the Holy Spirit and would call her son Jesus, savior and deliverer.
From the prophecy of Emmanuel to the birth of Jesus, the promise of heavenly salvation is delivered.
God is with us.
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