Isaiah 7:14 Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel
There are many promises given in the Old Testament Scriptures about the coming of a Messiah. Perhaps none are more clear and more well known than this - "behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel". The identity of the Messiah is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. There are some pieces of the puzzle which are hard to know where they fit (for example the blue sky pieces of a jigsaw puzzle). We know they must fit, but sometimes we're not quite sure exactly where! However there are also some pieces which are so obvious that anyone could fit them in (for example the corner piece of a jigsaw puzzle).
If Scripture were a jigsaw puzzle to the identity of the Messiah then Isaiah 7 verse 14 would be in the top right hand corner! It would be one of the first pieces that anyone would put in the puzzle.
This prophecy of Isaiah reveals several key features about the identity of the Messiah. It tells us He will come by way of a virgin birth. It tells us that the Messiah will be a son. It then goes on to tell us that His name will be called Immanuel. In Scripture names often have a special meaning. This is the case with "Immanuel" because it means "God with us". In fulfilment of prophecy we find a young virgin called Mary bringing forth her firstborn son, wrapping him in swaddling clothes and laying him in a manger in Bethlehem (Luke 2:7). In this way the long awaited Messiah enters our world, just as God had promised that He would.