Sunday Devotional: The virgin shall conceive and bear a son

Isaiah 7:10-14

The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:
Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;
let it be deep as the netherworld, or high as the sky!
But Ahaz answered,
“I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!”
Then Isaiah said:
Listen, O house of David!
Is it not enough for you to weary people,
must you also weary my God?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,
and shall name him Emmanuel.

The name “Emmanuel” means “God is with us”.

St. Gabriel appears to Mary. The Annunciation, by Sandro Botticelli (1489)

The Annunciation, by Sandro Botticelli (1489)

Luke 1:26-35

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin bethrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great
and will be called Son of the Most High….”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.”

Isaiah’s prophecy that “the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,
and shall name him Emmanuel” is just one of many instances in the Old Testament where the coming of Jesus Christ, our Lord, had been foretold. See “The Old Testament foretold the Coming of Christ” for more.

There is also scientific evidence of the virgin birth — in the DNA of the man whose blood is on the Shroud of Turin and on the Sudarium or Oviedo Cloth — the cloth described in John 20:7 as being wrapped around Jesus’ head. See my post, “The Christmas Miracle: Scientific Evidence of the Virgin Birth”.

There was a time when science caused an erosion of faith. But as the human inventions of science and technology become increasingly advanced, more and more science and faith are converging as scientific discoveries confirm events described in the Bible, as well as fundamental beliefs of Christianity. See:

May the joy and peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you!

~Eowyn

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RLJohnson77
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Amen sir, amen.

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Rejoice!

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Steven Broiles
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Our Lord Himself said that there would be signs that would herald His Return. One of those signs—astronomical in nature—has just begun, and will continue until September 23, 2017: The planet (or “star”) Jupiter has entered the Constellation of Virgo, which is situated between stars at Virgo’s head and our own Moon near her feet. This was revealed in Revelation, and it presents to us a configuration that has NEVER OCCURRED in History before, and will NEVER OCCUR in History again. It is a mere sign, not directly causative of anything, of course. But it is a sign nonetheless. Over… Read more »

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Dear Dr Eowyn . . . . . God Bless You for your continuing care and nurturance of the followers of FOTM. This particular spiritual message of the eternal hope in the birth of Our Savior, and the fact that a very special young woman was raised up to be His earthly mother is quite magnificent.
I echo Steven’s message to each of the FOTM family . . . . . Merry Christmas! May we abide in Great Blessings for the New Year that extend to us all individually, and to our nation as a whole.

Alma
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Alma

Alleluia, as we await the birth of the Divine Jesus, let’s rejoice for HE is peace, hope, and salvation, Amen

filia.aurea
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TY, and Merry Christmas to all. It is time to count our many blessings. Dr. E., have you heard how the FOTM reader in despair is doing? I still pray for him, and hope this special time brings him much needed relief.

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