I have many cherished memories from days as a lad growing up on the family farm in Louisiana. Each year, as now, only days or weeks from Christmas, I like to replay from my memory banks, events that actually happened before Christmas. Mother and Dad are coming home from shopping. Sometimes I would get a glimpse of an item I had long wished for. As I became ecstatic with childish glee and excitement, I would be quickly ushered to another part of the house, as the Christmas items were quickly hidden away for later wrapping. 

     I see the same scenario with Isaiah who is my favorite of the prophets. I love Isaiah. Though the birth of the Savior in Isaiah’s time was yet many centuries away, he writes as though he knew the Savior personally. Isaiah was led by the Holy Spirit to write such exciting prophecies as – 

                                    “. . . Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,

                                       And shall call His name Emmanuel.” Isa. 7:14b (NKJV) 

     In my mind’s eye I can see Isaiah leaping with joy, exclaiming, “How can this be? God with us?!” No doubt, just as Abraham looked for a city not made with hands, (Heb. 11:8-10) Isaiah longed for the day of God with us! I can only imagine him being over joyed with excitement. The incarnation of Deity was a secret not clearly unveiled in the Old Testament. Now a ray of light was allowed to seep through with the word “Emmanuel” – God with us! 

     It is appropriate that a doctor should be chosen to write the story of Mary's angelic visitation announcing the event foretold by Isaiah in the magnificent writing by the Biblical physician, Dr. Luke. Luke 1:26-33. (NKJV) 

     The early Christians portrayed Him in the catacombs of Rome as “the good shepherd” coming down from the hills of Judah, the shepherd’s staff in His hand, His hair wet with dew, and on His arm a helpless lamb. Eloquence has woven her choicest garlands to crown His sacred head. Music has breathed her sweetest, loftiest notes in singing the glories of “the Messiah.” Children are taught to sound forth His praise, and dying saints depart saying, “Lord Jesus, receive our spirits.” 

     Great name Divine, Jesus Christ our Savior! It is the life of the church, the Light of the world and the hope of humanity – nations call Him blessed! Hasten the day, O Rose of Sharon, when every knee shall bow, whether in fear or in adoration!             

       Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.




Updated Dec 9, 2011
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