“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
Signs are everywhere. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes providing helpful, sometimes vital information. However, you don’t need a lecture on signs. They are commonplace, and you’ve been dealing with them all your life.
What I do want you to think about is the authority behind the sign. As you travel along a street or highway, you will pass signs that are backed by the authority of government. Violate the instruction on the sign and you’ll soon attract a siren and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror.
A few years ago, a lady in my church wanted to visit her husband who was in a Veterans nursing home near Sylacauga, Alabama. The elderly lady lived alone, and there was no one to take her, so I volunteered. She was most appreciative and bent my ear in gratitude all along the way.
As we neared our destination, I was startled by the appearance of a highway patrol car behind me. “Wonder who he’s after?” I thought, glancing at my speedometer and then to the rapidly approaching vehicle with flashing lights and screeching siren.
“Is there a problem?” said the little lady.
I pulled to the side of the road as my heart dropped into my socks. Rolled down my window and braced myself for the bad news.
“Where you headed in such a hurry?” asked the Alabama Highway Patrol officer.
I thought about playing the sympathy card. Maybe he would give me a break if I told him I was helping a little old lady.
He continued. “Didn’t you see the sign? You were doing 70, and the sign is clearly marked — 50. I’m going to have to write you up.”
“Officer, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have been doing that.”
While he wrote the ticket, I thought about that sign. If only I had heeded the warning.
A far more powerful authority has also given us a sign. Hundreds of years prior to the birth of Christ, God foretold a sign of the utmost importance.
The sign I missed (failed to obey) cost me money and credibility. To miss God’s sign is to miss life itself. God’s sign would be an incredible miracle, “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son.”
The sign of the virgin birth points to God’s plan to save you through the work of His Son, Jesus the Christ. “Immanuel” means “God with us.”
He was with us through His birth, life, death, and resurrection. He IS with us now and forever.
Immanuel taught us through His life, paid for our sin with His death, and gave us victory over the grave through His resurrection. God’s sign points the way to eternal life with Him in His heaven..
This Christmas, I hope you’ll remember the miraculous birth of Jesus is THE sign from God. More than just a sweet little baby in a manger — the birth of Jesus represents “God with us.”
When you accept Him as your Lord and Savior, Jesus takes up residence within you. He becomes “God with you” forever.
As I pulled back onto the highway, the little lady said, “I’m going to pay your ticket.” Of course, I turned down the offer. She wanted to pay the debt I incurred because I broke the law.
I’ve got good news. Out of His love for you, God sent His Son to pay the debt you deserve. Jesus paid your sin penalty by giving His life for you on the cross. Don’t miss God’s sign.
For more on this topic, check out this article: 10 Signs You have been Born Again
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.