As this excerpt from Mr. Berry’s essay has been fermenting in my mind amidst Christmas tree decorating and singing carols – the ancient prophecies of the Hebrew prophet Isaiah have been jumping out to me. He speaks, from his time of a forthcoming Messiah:
“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
In the gospel of Matthew it is clearly spelled out that this name Immanuel means ‘GOD with us’ and that Jesus is indeed the fulfillment of this ancient prophecy (among many, many more prophecies) concerning a Messiah for both Israel and all the nations.
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