Isaiah 7:10-14 (NIV)

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

The Lord wants to give a sign to King Ahaz that he need not worry about Judah being invaded.  Ahaz tells God he doesn’t need a sign and this tries the patience of God for the Lord told Ahaz to ask for a sign.

This sign is in one sense extraordinary and yet it is also ordinary.  I think of Moses seeing a burning bush in the wilderness.  He would have seen many bushes burn up in the heat on the back side of the desert.  On the other hand, out of this particular burning bush, God speaks to him.  Moses discovered the extraordinary in the ordinary.

And so it is with Jesus’ birth.  It is a wonderful thing and certainly a gift to see a newborn baby.  Yet, there are always pregnancies and births of new children.  But this baby is going to be  born to a virgin and he will be called Immanuel, God with us. We read of the Savior’s birth to Mary in Luke 1:26-38.  While the birth of a child is ordinary; this particularly birth is extraordinary for the child is Jesus, Son of the Most High, whose Kingdom will never end.

Out of the seemingly ordinary events of life God acts to bring about the extraordinary.  Let us look each day in the ordinary events of our lives for the extraordinary things God is doing.  May you see the extraordinary love, grace, and hope of God as you go about your ordinary day.  Merry Christmas!

Craig Herr