by Ernest Easley

God's Special Gift
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Isaiah 7.14; 9.6-7

As you are turning to the Old Testament book of Isaiah... I want to congratulate you for surviving the Christmas rush! Christmas has become a race to see which gives out first: your money or your feet!

And my... how the children have caught on! I read this week about some children who figured out that they would get more gifts this Christmas if they hung stretch stockings over their chimneys! Somebody once said that ''Christmas is a time for exchanging a lot of things you can't afford for a lot of things you don't want!''

Well... on this Sunday before Christmas... with gifts on everybody's mind... from Isaiah 7... I want to talk to you about God's Special Gift. In fact... the prophet Isaiah announced God's Special Gift some 700 years before the gift arrived!

Now most of us struggle knowing that we are just 48 hours away from getting our hands on those special gifts under the tree! But when Isaiah made his announcement of God's Special Gift that was on it's way... the waiting period was 700 years!

Well... let's see what we can discover about this special gift was and what His gift means to us today! Here is a gift that never wears out nor ever runs down! It is...

God's Special Gift Isaiah 7.14

Now what the Old Testament predicts... the New Testament presents! What the Old Testament promises... the New Testament produces! What the Old Testament anticipates... the New Testament authenticates!

The Old Testament cries out: ''Someone is Coming!'' The New Testament cries out: Someone has Come.'' And that is what God's Special Gift is all about! And that is what we are thinking about this morning beginning here in Isaiah 7!

Now in thinking of God's Special Gift... think with me first about...

I. The Conception of His Special Gift.

Verse 14, ''Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.'' ...

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