Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7 NIV)
I love prophecy.
I love that God would speak to us and excite with His plans and purposes.
As we have just read in Amos, the Lord doesn’t do anything without revealing his word to His servants the prophets. The birth of Jesus is no exception, in fact it is one of the best examples of the prophetic word spoken and then fulfilled.
1. Jesus will come from the line of Abraham.
Prophecy: Genesis 12:3
Fulfilled: Matthew 1:1
2. Jesus’ mother will be a virgin.
Prophecy: Isaiah 7:14
Fulfilled: Matthew 1:18–23
3. Jesus will be a descendent of Isaac and Jacob.
Prophecy: Genesis 17:19 and Numbers 24:17
Fulfilled: Matthew 1:2
4. Jesus will be born in the town Bethlehem.
Prophecy: Micah 5:2
Fulfilled: Luke 2:1–7
5. Jesus will be called out of Egypt.
Prophecy: Hosea 11:1
Fulfilled: Matthew 2:13–15
6. Jesus will be a member of the tribe of Judah.
Prophecy: Genesis 49:10
Fulfilled: Luke 3:33
7. Jesus will enter the temple. The temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 and was never rebuilt.
Prophecy: Malachi 3:1
Fulfilled: Luke 2:25–27
8. Jesus will be from the lineage of King David.
Prophecy: Jeremiah 23:5
Fulfilled: Matthew 1:6
9. Jesus’ birth will be accompanied with great suffering and sorrow.
Prophecy: Jeremiah 31:15
Fulfilled: Matthew 2:16
And these are just regarding his birth and early years. There are over 350 prophecies regarding the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. No one else in history has had so much written about them ahead of time. His life, death and resurrection are the pivotal moment for all of history, all announced by prophets of the Lord ahead of time. I read these and I stand in awe of the one who came and gave His all. For you cannot read about the birth with out thinking of his life and the bloody death that he endured on the cross. There is an expression ‘the crux of the issue’, meaning that is the key element around which everything else revolves. Crux is the latin word for cross, and so I have to come back to the cross, the central point of all history. The one who was born to save was born to die so that I might have life. Selah.