December 24, 2015

Isaiah 7_14

Isaiah 7:10-14; 1 John 4:7-16; Matthew 1:18-25

“Here’s your sign.” was comedian Bill Engvall’s punchline to a stupid question asked by a not-so-bright person. For example: an eighteen wheeler gets stuck under an overpass and the policeman asks the driver: “Did you get your truck stuck?” Reply: “No sir, I was delivering this overpass and ran out of gas.” Here’s your sign.

In Isaiah 7 God tells King Ahaz to ask for a sign and he refuses. So God himself gives the sign that a virgin will conceive and give birth to a son. That sign is fulfilled when Mary becomes pregnant by the Holy Spirit with Jesus. Jesus is God incarnate and embodies the essence of God which is love. In 1 John 4:9 we learn that God’s love was made manifest through his only Son so that we might live in him.”

How do we to live in God’s Son? John tells us “Let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7). How do we know if we have been born of God and know God? Again, John tells us if we love one another, God abides in us (1 John 4:12). There’s your sign!

Prayer: Thank you God for your love, help me to be a sign of your love to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes, the Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.

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