by Charles H. Spurgeon

Immanuel - The Light of Life
Isaiah 9:1-2
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

When Judah was in sore distress, the sign that she should be delivered was Immanuel. "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14). When no other ray of comfort could be found, light came from the promise of the wondrous birth of Him whose name is "God with us." God alone would be the deliverer of Judah when overmatched by her two enemies. God would be with them, and He gave them as a pledge a vision of that time when, in very deed, God would dwell among men, and wear their nature in the person of the Virgin-born.

It is noteworthy that the clearest promises of the Messiah have been given in the darkest hours of history. If the prophets had been silent upon the coming One before, they always speak out in the cloudy and dark day; for well the Spirit made them know that the coming of God in human flesh is the lone star of the world's night. It was so in the beginning, when our first parents had sinned, and were doomed to quit the Paradise of delights. It was not meet that rebels should be dwellers in the garden of the Lord, they must go forth to till the ground from whence they were taken; but before they went, there fell upon their ears the prophecy of the Deliverer who would be born: "The seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent's head."

How bright shone that one promise amid the surrounding gloom! The earliest believers found in this hope of the coming Conqueror of the serpent a solace amid their labor and sorrow. When Israel was in Egypt, when they were in the sorest bondage, and when many plagues had been wrought on Pharaoh, apparently without success--for he knew not the Lord, neither would he let His people go--then Israel saw the Messiah set before her as the Paschal lamb, whose blood sprinkled on the lintel and the two side posts secured the chosen from the avenger of blood. The type is marvelously clear, and the times were mar ...

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