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12th MESSIANIC SYMBOL for the Advent Season: Mother and Child

December 11, 2009

December 12:  Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (ESV)

God designed that each child has both a mother and a father. A cell from both mother and father together create a new cell that develops into a baby. Therefore it is impossible for a virgin to have a baby. But God told Isaiah that a baby would be born without an earthly father. He also said that this baby was to be called “Immanuel,” which means “God with us.” This baby would be God Himself living among humans.

When the time came for God to send His Son into the world, the angel told Mary that she would have a Child who would be “the Son of the Most High.” But since Mary was not yet married, she asked the angel how this could be. The angel explained that the Holy Spirit would create the new life within her. Because of the angel’s visit, Mary knew what was happening in her, but her fiancé, Joseph, did not understand. He began to think that Mary had been unfaithful to him. How else could she have gotten pregnant? God also sent an angel to Joseph; and Joseph believed the angel. Matthew explains that, “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’—which means, ‘God with us’” (1:22-23).

When God submitted Himself to human limitations by becoming a baby, His choice of the baby’s mother was significant. The helpless infant could not be born to a woman who would neglect and abuse Him. God knew that Mary would be a faithful mother. She expresses her total acceptance of the news that she would bear God’s Son: “May it be to me as you have said.” She was willing to bear the shame of an apparent illegitimate pregnancy in obedience to God. She submitted herself to God, not only in her pregnancy, but also in caring for His Son through the vulnerable days of infancy and childhood.

In this way, God Himself became a person with flesh and blood just like us. Jesus understands how we feel when we are tired or thirsty or sad because He lived in a body just like ours with the same needs and feelings that we have. Though He created the whole earth, He became one of His creations in order to fully show us God’s love. Though He was all-powerful, He became a helpless baby. The real miracle of Christmas is that God Himself came and lived among us.

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Joseph Mohr (1792-1848)

Thank God for sending His Son—Immanuel (God with us)—who was miraculously born of a virgin, and who lives among us.

Ask God to help us to live in the awareness that He is living among us.

Once did the skies before Thee bow,
A Virgin’s arms contain Thee now;
Angels, who did in Thee rejoice,
Now listen for Thine infant voice.

A little child, Thou art our guest,
That weary ones in Thee may rest;
Forlorn and lowly is Thy birth,
That we may rise to heaven from earth.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)