But the promise of God did not promise Ahaz and his people that no attack would ever come upon them. Judah was later attacked, not by the enemies who caused alarm with their threats, but by another enemy who would take Judah into captivity.
God’s promise remained in force despite Judah’s captivity. Judah may have suffered loss, but she would not be annihilated. God promised to preserve her through the son of the virgin. Furthermore, God did fulfill His promise. The sign came to be when a young woman named Mary gave birth to a son, Jesus. The son came to open the door for not only Judah, but for all people to escape destruction.
A threat greater than that which took Judah so many years ago loomed over the world. Judah’s captor was only temporary, a discipline for Judah for her rebellion against the Lord. But the greater threat, if victorious, was to send all people from all time to an eternal destruction.
The virgin’s son came to free people from the Great Threat (Sin). The Threat promised never-ending punishment, but the son offered never-ending life.
This is the reason why we celebrate the birth of the virgin’s son, Jesus Christ. We are glad that we can see the sign. This is because we know that it is the fulfillment of God’s promise to free us from the Great Threat.
- Pastor Randy