Thursday, December 6, 2012

Advent Meditations: Thursday 6 Dec 12

"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." - Isaiah 7:14

Immanuel, which translates as "God (is) with us", is the very essence of Hope...for if Hope is looking towards Heaven and the fulfillment of God's promises, Hope personified is Christ. There is much that is grievous in Isaiah's prophecies - it is not all pretty predictions of the Savior...no, Isaiah speaks to us where we are on earth, covered in our various sins. He describes a broken people and broken governments - and the wrath of a righteous God. It is the very picture of a people who NEED their Savior - whether they know it or not! It is a picture of each of us....unless we have that Hope and Faith.