Christmas Prophecies Part 2
In our previous article, we looked at four specific and powerful predictions fulfilled at the birth of Jesus Christ. These included that Jesus was:
- Born of a woman
- Born of a virgin
- The Son of God, and
- Born in Bethlehem in Judea
Yet these are not the only prophecies to come true at Christmas. The following additional Christmas prophecies provide powerful information to strengthen our belief in Jesus as God’s Son, as well as the accuracy of the Bible as the Word of God.
Prediction 5: From the Family of King David
The birth of Jesus could not have come from merely any Jewish family. The Old Testament makes several specific predictions about the lineage of Jesus, some thousands of years in advance:
- A descendant of Abraham: Genesis 22:18.
- A descendant of Isaac: Genesis 21:12.
- A descendant of Jacob: Numbers 24:17.
- A descendant of Judah: Genesis 49:10.
- A descendant of David: Jeremiah 23:5.
This explains why Matthew’s Gospel opens with the words, “This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers” (Matthew 1:1-2).
He continues later with Jesus as a descendant of David (verse 6) and connects him with Joseph, the earthly stepfather of Jesus. Though Jesus was born of a virgin, He was of the family of Joseph, a descendant of David.
Luke’s Gospel also records the family line of Jesus, including a differing list of names that most understand as the family line of Mary (Luke 3:23-38). If correct, this indicates Mary’s family line also includes being a descendant of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, and David, fulfilling this prophecy through both sides of the family of Jesus.
Prediction 6: Jesus Receives Gifts
Though receiving less attention than other prophecies, the gifts of the wise men also represent a completed Bible prophecy. Psalm 72:10-11, recorded by King Solomon approximately 1,000 years before the birth of Jesus, predicted a day when the kings of the Gentile nations would come to the Messiah and bow before Him:
"May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores bring tribute to him. May the kings of Sheba and Seba present him gifts. May all kings bow down to him and all nations serve him."
The Gentile (non-Jewish) wise men from the east appeared to Jesus with gifts in Matthew 2:11: “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” From the very beginning of Jesus’ earthly life, Gentile leaders bowed before Him.
Prediction 7: Jesus as Immanuel
Isaiah 7:14 predicted approximately 700 years before Jesus’ birth, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” In addition to His virgin birth, Jesus entered our world to live as Immanuel, meaning God with us.
Matthew 1:22-23 note this fulfillment in the coming of Jesus: “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ (which means ‘God with us’).”
John 1:1-2 add, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” The one who created the world entered it in human form. Jesus is the literal fulfillment of Immanuel.
Important Still Today
The Christmas prophecies in these two articles represent only seven major predictions among the prophecies fulfilled at the birth of Jesus. Today, we can see how God revealed Christ’s coming in supernatural ways to affirm His greatness and glory. Those who investigate the birth of Jesus today can also discover the baby in the manger is the Son of God who changes lives for eternity today.
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