Amazing grace, indeed!
God controls history including every large and small event, every good and bad situation. Those who trust Him can rest that His grace will get us home.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Isaiah 9:6-7
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Galatians 4:4-6
King Ahaz was in a tizzy. He saw Israel joining with Syria against his kingdom, Judah. God sent Isaiah to him to reassure him that all would be well, that, in fact, Israel and Syria were the ones who would go down. Ahaz resisted the message and even turned down the offer of a God-sent sign. Isaiah gave him a sign from God anyway, and what a sign! The sign was “the virgin will conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel”- God with us (7:14).
The sign had an immediate fulfillment, but it also pointed ultimately to the Incarnation of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, born of the virgin Mary. He would be Immanuel in every sense of the word. While the immediate fulfillment of the sign of the birth of a son to Ahaz would show assurance of deliverance of a short term military threat, the ultimate fulfillment would bring deliverance from the guilt and curse of all those under the law. But not only that, this Son and Redeemer would bring adoption as sons of God, who would send His Spirit into the hearts of His people. Spirit-possessing sons would cry out “Abba, Father” and not live in fear of any army or any future legal process resulting in their conviction and sentencing.
Think about it
Let this truth sink deep in your heart. God sent His Son, a sign of His grace for guilty sinners. Amazing grace, indeed!