Greatest Prophecy Ever Fulfilled

Posted: December 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

As we enter the Christmas week of 2014, I am once again amazed at how as a society we have commercialized Christmas and have made it about getting presents, feeding Santa Claus cookies and milk, and telling everyone “Happy Holidays!”  I cannot imagine how it must break God’s heart to see children write Santa a wish list, moms getting to the supermarket as quick as possible to get the best butterball turkey available, families frantically planning how they are going to visit multiple households in one day to have family time and keep everyone happy, and children constantly shaking their gifts under the Christmas tree in an attempt to figure out what is beneath the wrapping paper. Now please do not misunderstand me. I am not saying anything is wrong with the above scenarios. However, the one crucial thing and the most important thing that is swept away, forgotten about, or not even mentioned due to the rise in political correctness is that Christmas is the time we remember and celebrate the greatest prophecy ever fulfilled in the history of humanity…..the birth of our Savior….Jesus Christ. God gave us the greatest gift of all time when Jesus came to earth, lived a sinless life, and died on the cross in our place so we can receive God’s grace and mercy instead of judgement. I think it is very appropriate if we all once again revisit what the Old Testament prophets received from The Lord so once again we understand the significance and precision of what happened.

1) God revealed to Isaiah in Isaiah 7:14 that a virgin would give birth to God’s son.

“Therefore the Lord will give you a sign: behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Matthew 1:18, 23 fulfills Isaiah’s prophecy.

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When his mother had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.”

“Behold the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, And they shall call his name Immanuel;”

2) God revealed to Micah in Micah 5:2 that Jesus was to be born in Bethlehem

“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”

In Matthew 2:4-6 the scribes and chief priests told Herod where Jesus was born

“And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.”

3) God revealed to Jeremiah in Jeremiah 23:5 that Jesus would be a descendant of King David

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgement and justice in the earth.”

It is too long for me to list, so please read for yourselves Matthew 1:1-16 which talks about the genealogy of Jesus back to Abraham through his stepfather Joseph and Luke 3:23-38 through Mary which goes all the way back to Adam.

The fact that those 3 prophecies alone were fulfilled precisely how they were told is just astounding. And that is just about the birth of Jesus alone. There are many more prophecies about Jesus that were fulfilled such as his crucifixion, death and resurrection, his performance of miracles, and even Him riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. However I wanted to focus on the three prophecies regarding his birth because that is what we celebrate at Christmas.

In closing this post, let us this year and every other year always remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. If He did not willingly give up His place in Heaven and come to earth to be born to ultimately die so we may be adopted into God’s family, Christmas would not even exist. Just now my smartphone notified me of an email I received and the title of the email was “Xmas Award”. How fitting eh? This is just a subtle way that the world has taken Jesus out of everything. However, we as the church know what the truth is and my prayer is that we will boldly and unashamedly proclaim it going forward.

God bless you all!

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Comments
  1. Jennifer says:

    What would we have to celebrate if Jesus had not been born into this world more than 2,000 years ago to die on the cross for us 33 years later? It is very sad how many people do not acknowledge or even care about the true meaning of Christmas — that so many households no longer celebrate the real reason for the season.

  2. Wifey says:

    AWESOME!! So well written and a timely reminder of what this beautiful season is all about. Without our precious Saviour we have nothing. Merry Christmas

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