Isaiah 7:14 (NLT)
14 All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).

God proclaimed a sign through Isaiah that a child will be born to a virgin woman. It is a sign of divine power and divine purity. The child is to be an extraordinary person and given the name Immanuel to represent God is with us. God came to us, lived at peace with us and formed a covenant of salvation with us. And although this sign took place 500 years later it showed God’s mercy, His love, and His faithfulness to fulfill a promise. For if God had not been with us He could not have been Jesus, a savior and blessing to many.

Isaiah 7:14 is a verse that joins Jewish tradition and Christian beliefs, but also causes a point of contention. Christians see this verse as the prophecy of Christ, which was fulfilled through Mary. Others of Jewish belief find the Old Testament translation lacking in its explicit meaning. The translation for some means a young woman of marrying age as opposed to a virgin who would have an immaculate conception. They content the Hebrew word bethulah should have been used if this verse were truly referring to a virgin. However, Matthew clearly writes about Christ and makes reference to this same verse in Isaiah, “As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.” Later in Jesus’ life he asked the disciples an important question, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” The question for us is who do we say Jesus is? Is He our savior, our God, our hope or just an ordinary person?