Throughout the Old Testament we can see signposts that point us to Jesus Christ. The book of Isaiah offers numerous such signposts. Reading Isaiah through the eyes of the New Testament can give us new insights into the life of Jesus, and also to the life of discipleship to which we are called.
Today we start a new series, Signposts to Christ from Isaiah, which has been prepared by Jacqueline Grey. Jacqueline is Dean of Theology at Alphacrucis College. Jacqui is both a biblical scholar and practitioner having served in Australia and Turkey. She has written various books and articles including Them, Us and Me: How the Old
Testament Speaks to People Today.
Reflections: Isaiah the prophet ministered approximately 800 years before Christ. During a major political challenge, Isaiah offered King Ahaz a sign to say that God was in control of his situation. An unnamed young woman from the king’s court would give birth to a son with a significant name. That child would be a visible reminder that God was with them. Recalling the birth of Jesus, the writers of the New Testament looked back to these words of Isaiah and saw a connection (see Matthew 1:23). The birth of Jesus proclaimed to the whole world that God came to earth and became one
of us. Jesus took on human form, born a son, to be with humanity and to save all of humanity. This message is still central for us today: God is with us.
Questions: How does the knowledge of Christ as “God with us” give you comfort and hope?
Prayer: We praise and thank you Jesus, for the gift of your life, and the new life you offer us. We thank you for your promise to never leave us nor forsake us.