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Prophecies of Christmas
Isaiah 7:14 & 9:1-7 (NIV)

2 Peter 1:19 (NLT)
19 Because of that experience (Peter was with the Lord and knew what He fulfilled), we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts.

The Christmas story in the Bible begins much earlier than you might expect; it begins in the Old Testament. The Old Testament prophets promised the coming Messiah who would redeem the people of God goes all the way back to Genesis. Let me highlight - Seven Prophecies Concerning the Birth of Christ:

THE MODE of HIS BIRTH - Be the seed of a woman who would bruise the head of the serpent – fore shadows the defeat of Satan and the offer of complete salvation that will come from the seed of a woman.
Genesis 3:15 (NIV)

THE NATION – God chose Abraham’s seed to be the seed from which Christ the author of Salvation. God appeared to Abraham one day and promised to make his descendants into a great nation. Abraham's part of the agreement was to obey God. Through sharp testing and an incident that almost destroyed his family, Abraham remained faithful to God. (Life Application Study Bible.)

THE TRIBEGod had chosen Judah to be the ancestor of Israel's line of kings (that is the meaning of "the scepter will not depart from Judah"). Judah's line would produce the promised Messiah, Jesus.
 (Life Application Study Bible.)
Genesis 49:9-10 (NIV) 9 You are a lion's cub, O Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness--who dares to rouse him? 10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his.

THE FAMILY - A golden age is yet to come, a time of peace when children could play with formerly dangerous animals. Not all of this was fulfilled at Christ's first coming. For example, nature has not returned to its intended balance and harmony (see Romans 8:9-22). Such perfect tranquility is possible only when Christ reigns over the earth. (Life Application Study Bible.)
Isaiah 11:10 (NIV) 10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.

THE MOTHER - Isaiah 7:14 (NIV) 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

THE NAME - …  and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. 
Matthew 1:21-23 (NIV) 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us."

THE PLACE - Micah 5:2 (NIV) 2 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."

Listen as Michael reads this morning Scripture

The Prophet Isaiah writing nearly 600 years before the birth of Christ was able to see across the centuries and gave us an amazingly accurate picture of the birth of the Savior. He said, (7:14 NIV), "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”

II.   Not Only Is It a Sign of God’s Power, but Secondly, It Is A Sign Of God’s Love.


Conclusion
Let’s make today’s message personal. Isaiah 7:14 (NIV) 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

 

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