You can read part one of this series here. My goal in writing is to show the importance of Jesus becoming flesh. The Incarnation is fundamental to the Christian faith. In the epistles of John it is made clear that someone who denies that Jesus became flesh is not a child of God, but rather an antiChrist. But why is this teaching so important?
Last post we looked at what Hebrews teaches us about the importance of the incarnation. This time we are going to look at a more traditional text. Specifically we want to deal with the Gospel of Matthew and the fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14.
The verse reads:
“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”22Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:23“BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.”
In the beginning of this section we realize that the incarnation of Jesus cannot be separated from His work as the one who will take away our sins. Just like the Hebrew writer, Matthew connects Jesus becoming flesh with His work in saving people from sin, which will happen in His death.
However, I want to deal with the prophecy. Let me first say that the Gospels (specifically Matthew and Luke) make it clear that Jesus was born of a virgin. Mary knew no man before having Jesus. The birth of Jesus was not by natural means but by supernatural means. That being said I don’t think that the virgin birth is the primary point of the Isaiah passage. Instead I think Matthew is quoting Isaiah to make it clear that God is with us. God is now with His people in a real sense. He is becoming like His people (i.e. human). He is going to be in their presence. It is hard to even imagine that God humbled Himself to become man for the purpose of being with us.
In the incarnation God came amongst His people. He walked, taught, interacted, and lived with man. The people had waited for God to come amongst them as their deliverer and in Jesus He did.
How profound: God is With Us!