All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:22-23

Jesus is the fulfillment of so many of the prophecies. And there are many more yet to be fulfilled. The record of the Old Testament makes it clear that people are not able to live pure lives in this world. Yet, holiness is required to be in the presence of God. The thread of redemption that weaves its way through the Scriptures reveals that God’s plan was to redeem a people for himself from among those who had chosen to reject him. Every person who has ever lived and ever will live has chosen to reject God and his call to holiness and purity so that they could be in his presence. We have all chosen to live in enmity with him, separated from him. But, within the message of the prophets is the hope that is to be found in Jesus. He will save his people from their sin. His sacrificial death will make it possible for people to be free. Jesus lived the life required of all men. As God, he was able to pay the price that sin earned. His offer is that anyone who accepts him and his message and repents and turns to him will be made righteous in the eyes of God. This is redemption. Anyone who does not will be choosing an eternity in filth and chaos, separated from God for all time. Like Israel, we too have wandered from God and chosen other lovers. Apart from Jesus, there is no hope. Have you trusted in Jesus so that you could be set free? How is your life different because you have?