In Isaiah 7, Ahaz discounts the prophetic, displays contempt unwilling to believe God. In Luke 1, Mary embraces the power of God and believes God’s promises. God chose a resident of His holy mountain to be the new Eve.
As His devoted follower, Mary experienced God on repeated occasions. The Savior’s name, “Immanuel” is not only the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy but the experience of the devoted Old Testament saint, Mary experienced the “Immanuel” God throughout her young life.
Some people think Mary sinned after nine months of carrying Immanuel and 30 years of living with Him. I don’t think so. Why?
Joseph and Mary modeled their marriage after Jesus’ family in heaven. Jesus gave us a clue when He, “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.”
Heaven came down to the home of Mary and Joseph with the birth of Jesus. The apostles were changed men after spending three years with Jesus. Can you imagine living 30 years with Immanuel? For Mary and Joseph, “WWJD” was more than a saying. Nothing is impossible with God. Think of that statement for a moment.
If you lived with Jesus for 30 years (like Joseph and Mary) can you imagine your prayer life?