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Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Maybe you have seen the sign that says, “The difficult is done immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.” Those who display such an advertisement are only engaging in wishful thinking. But for God, doing the impossible is a reality.

As Isaiah surrendered himself to be a messenger for God (Isa. 6:1-8), he was given an amazing prophecy. As a sign for his own day, it was given as an encouragement for Ahaz, king of Judah. Faced with threats from the king of Syria and the king of Israel (2 Kings 16:5), Ahaz was fearful.

But through the Isaiah, God reassured him, saying, “Don’t be afraid. A child will be born and before this child is old enough to tell right from wrong, these enemies will be destroyed.” And they were. That child was born in 734 B.C. and was about two years old when Rezin, king of Syria, was killed by the Assyrians (2 Kings 16:9) and Pekah, king of Israel, was assassinated by Hoshea (2 Kings 15:30).

Yet an even more amazing fulfillment lay ahead. The prophecy had a near and far fulfillment. As Isaiah looked down the annals of history, he foresaw a day when God would do something that was truly amazing.

Out of the womb of a virgin would come a child fathered by the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, He would be called Immanuel, which means “God with us” because He would be God, the second Person of the Trinity, and He would dwell with men and women.

In a way that exceeds human understanding, God would compact Himself into the body of a baby and grow up to become a man. That man was Jesus Christ, God the Son, who would die for our sins.

In the same way, God can deal with the challenges of your life, whether they be merely difficult or totally impossible. He who brought forth His Son, born of a virgin, is more than adequate for anything that may be facing you.



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