Prophesying over 700 years before the birth of Christ, Isaiah spoke to King Ahaz of Judah about the deliverance that God would provide that besieged kingdom. This prophecy has provided the world with one of the clearest declarations of the Christmas miracle. God would come in the flesh to dwell among us. God would enter our world through the womb of a virgin. What a wonderful sign God gives to us to behold and believe!
It may be difficult to identify with King Ahaz of Judah. As reflected in 2 Kings 16:2-4, he was a young, arrogant king of “detestable” ways. In spite of this, the prophet Isaiah went to Ahaz to offer him spiritual strength in a time of national crisis. Because of his godless ways, Ahaz did not merit a sign or a faithful prophet. Yet despite these evil ways and his phony spirituality, a covenant-keeping God gave Ahaz a clear sign of what he would do, not only for Ahaz but for our sin-darkened world through the Immanuel prophecy. What can we learn from God’s actions?
We learn about the character of God. God is a God of tremendous mercy and tenderness. In the midst of the dilemmas that were entirely of Ahaz’s doing, God came to deliver the king and his kingdom. We should never underestimate the depth of God’s love for any of us. None of us is worthy, and still God comes. God comes into our lives with signs that are clear and understandable to us. God is not a God who would stay hidden and unnamed from God’s people. As we gather to worship, God extends to us a cup, the bread, and a cross. At Christmas we are presented with a star, a manger, a virgin, shepherds, and kings. God presents us with tangible proof that God is indeed among us, to be known by us, in a personal relationship.
At Christmas, through signs and the messages, God continues to seek after us. Will we be onlookers who stroll past these familiar words and signs with casual interest? Or will we stop and dare to believe that a loving heavenly Father is here to cut through our fears, and to draw us closer to God? Ahaz. You. Me. God still desires that we believe and accept God’s wonderful gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Christmas is a gift for such as us!
The Ward family would like to extend to all the blessings of our Savior’s birth this Christmas and in the coming year! May you and your loved ones: know peace and live it, understand love and give it, and have happiness and share it!
In the Name of Christ
& The Whole Ward Family
Prayer Meeting 9:15 AM
Sunday School 9:30 AM
Worship 11:00 AM
North Warren Presbyterian Church
200 South State St
North Warren, PA 16365-4645
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