Christ in the Prophecies
SMART SERMON BY PASTOR BEN BIENVENUE
As we enter this month of December many Christians will be thinking about the birth of Jesus and miracle of the coming of the Messiah.
On the other hand, as Bible Believers, we understand that Jesus was not born on December 25th, even though this is the time of year when many are confronted in a variety of ways with the Good News of the coming of the Savior of Humanity.
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
December, therefore, is a wonderful time to brush up on Bible prophecy so that we are knowledgeable when sharing the coming of Christ with our families, friends, the lost, and the lonely.
Here are some Old Testament prophecies on the First coming of Jesus Christ
“And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”
“The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear,”
Isaiah 7:14 "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
"Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste."
And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.
"Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying," 18 "In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not."
“Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem
Until Messiah the Prince,
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;
The [a]street shall be built again, and the [b]wall,
Even in troublesome times.
When we study prophecies in the Scriptures, we can learn a great many important facts about the Messiah, such as who the Messiah is, when He would come, the season for His return, and what He will do when He comes again.
The same Angel Gabriel who announced to Daniel the timing of Messiah's arrival also participated in its fulfillment when he announced to Mary that she was to give birth to the Holy One of Israel (Luke 1:26–33).
With the birth of Jesus , the following Biblical prophesies were fulfilled:
Prophecy: Isaiah 7:14—Isaiah prophesied that a virgin or pure young woman will give birth to the Promised One.
Fulfilled: in Luke 1:26–31
Prophecy: Isaiah 9:6—Isaiah prophesied that Jesus Christ would come as a baby; Jesus is described by several names—“Wonderful, Counselor,” “The mighty God,” “The Father of Everlasting,” “The Prince of Peace.”
Fulfilled: Luke 2:1–20
Prophecy: Numbers 24:17—Balaam predicts that the Messiah will descend from the house of Jacob—“I see him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel. He will crush the foreheads of Moab, the skulls of all the people of Sheth.”
Fulfilled: Matthew 1:2–16
Prophecy: Isaiah 9:7—The Messiah shall be of the house of David. Joseph was of the line of David, as was Mary.
Fulfilled: Luke 3:23–38 tracks Jesus’ lineage on Joseph’s side; Matthew 1:1–16 tracks Mary’s side.
Prophecy: Micah 5:2—Micah prophesied that Yeshua would be born in Bethlehem.
Fulfilled: Luke 2:4–7.
Prophecy: Genesis 49:10—He would be a member of the tribe of Judah—“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between His feet, until tribute comes to Him; and to Him shall be the obedience of the peoples.”
Fulfilled: Matthew 1:2.
Prophecy: Malachi 3:1—Jesus would enter the Temple. This is important because no one would be able to enter the Temple again after it was destroyed in AD 70, about 40 years after Jesus’ death.
Fulfilled: Luke 2:25–27 tells us that Jesus was brought as an infant to the Temple to be consecrated, and Simeon is there waiting His arrival. And daily, Jesus taught at the Temple when He was in Jerusalem. (Luke 19:47)
Other Prophetic Fulfillment
In addition to fulfilling prophecies of His coming, Jesus’ life was a testimony of numerous other fulfilled prophetic Scriptures:
Prophecies: Jesus would live a sinless life, die on a Roman execution stake, be raised from the dead, ascend into heaven, and sit at the right hand of God: Psalm 22:16; Psalm 16:10; Isaiah 53:10–11; Psalm 68:18; Psalm 110:1.
Fulfilled: 1 Peter 2:21–22; Luke 23:33; Acts 2:25–32; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 1:3.
God Bless you