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Daily Reading: 21st December 2015

Isaiah 7.13-15

[13] Then Isaiah said, “Listen well, you royal family of David! You aren’t satisfied to exhaust my patience. You exhaust the patience of God as well!

[14] All right then, the Lord Himself will choose the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a Son and will call Him Immanuel—‘God is with us.’

 [15] By the time this Child is old enough to eat curds and honey, He will know enough to choose what is right and reject what is wrong.

As we approach Christmas time we are going to spend a few days considering some prophetic words concerning the coming of Jesus, particularly a prophecy that is often read during this season.

We begin by looking at these verses from Isaiah 7.

We may be familiar with verse 14 in particular, since it is quoted by Matthew in chapter 1.23.

It is a great promise the God makes and was fulfilled in Jesus. We are able to rejoice in the reality of this kept promise.

Initially it was a promise that God gave to Isaiah to deliver to the King of Judea, Ahaz, from the King of Aram. Ahaz, and the nation were under attack from the king of Aram, and the king of Israel. God made a promise that they would not succeed in their attempts to invade the land and the city of Jerusalem.

God tells the king not to worry, because the invasion will never happen.

It is often said that Christmas time is one of the most stressful times during the year. The commercialisation of Christmas can place a great amount of pressure on parents to buy the latest toys for their children.

Families spend more time together than they would normally do, and this can become stressful as family relationship can come under strain.

There is an invasion of financial pressure, family pressure, and pressures from the work place with works parties that may give opportunity for immoral sexual activity, fuelled by alcohol.

It is in these times that we need to place our trust in Jesus.

It is at Christmas time that we need to re-align our focus on Jesus. As it is said: ‘Jesus is the reason for the season’.

If we put Jesus first in our Christmas activities, then we will know that the invasion of worldliness will not take place.

With Jesus controlling our Christmas activities we will have no need to worry.





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