GOD WITH US
(Supt. St. John's article from the December MN Matters)
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14, NIV)
Centuries before the birth of Jesus, God revealed many precise details that would allow His people to recognize the coming Messiah. The above-quoted prophecy was given to the prophet Isaiah during a dark time in the nation of Judah.
The setting for this prophecy was most unusual. The nation of Judah was in the midst of a dark time and ruled by an evil king by the name of Ahaz. The news of the day was not good. Two powerful adversaries were in the process of uniting against the nation. Scripture tells us that these threats had caused the hearts of both the king and the nation to “shake as the trees of the forest in the wind.”...Read More