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. The Book of Isaiah would become one of the most frequently cited writings of the Old Testament and the coming of the Son of God would prove to be the greatest of all prophecies.
Isaiah writes of a nation that is being confronted with threats to its sovereignty. Isaiah, commissioned by God, goes to the people and tells them to stand strong in their faith and, if they do, their righteousness will persevere. Then, Isaiah makes the prophecy:
“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.” (Isaiah 7:14)
When would this child come? And what would be his mission? Generations pass, nations come and go. Then a young woman has a dream. She is filled with so much that she sings a magnificent song of praise:
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” (Luke 1:46)
Soon after, she is brought to a little town by her husband. He finds them safe refuge and they lay peacefully under the star lit sky in anticipation of the miracle God has made. They are joined there by shepherds in from the field and three wise men bearing gifts.
And a child is born. Mary and Joseph name the boy Jesus, savior and deliverer.
Thousands of years separated Isaiah from Mary. But now they are together as one in God’s divine blessing to the world: His Son. 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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