Friday, December 25, 2015

Prophecies And The Birth Of Christ

If you read the book of Matthew, as a prophecy "observer" in modern times, it is quite east to dispel the notion that prophecy isn't important biblically, or the idea that it should be ignored. 

If you quickly scan the book of Matthew, it is astonishing just how much prophecy fulfillment is referenced, thus underscoring its importance.

Beyond prophecy however -  to this day, it never ceases to amaze me that God took human form, endured incredible hardships and allowed Himself to be tortured and killed - in the worst death that a human could endure - all for us. That is the definition of pure love - and the depth and magnitude of that love is almost unimaginable. And it is a free offering to everyone. 

Matthew 1:

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Matthew 2
When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:
‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
For out of you shall come a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.’[a]

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. 1Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:

“A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more.”[c]

22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

Matthew 3

 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” 3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight.’”[a]

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”
15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.
16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He[c] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

AMEN....Merry Christmas to everyone as we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus. Many thanks to those who find the time to visit this site and to so many people who contact me in private to offer encouragement or to offer tips on various news or to share ideas - all of this is greatly appreciated. Hopefully next Christmas will be celebrated in New Jerusalem.



Caver said...

Thanks for the wonderful message this very special morning and your efforts through the years.

What a wonderful selection of scripture.

Thank You Father and Jesus! Thanks for our only hope and Your promises which is our salvation.

GG2013 said...

Merry Christmas All-

May your day be filled with lots of love and joy. Rembrance for those who have gone before
us, and for the wonderful things that are close at hand. :). Thank you brother Scott, as always,
for providing a special and kind place for this family to come together, in love, while we wait
to go home. Thank you Jesus! Thank you God for sending your son to us, and thank you for
that wonderful Holy Spirit, which is gentle as a dove!

God Bless!!

Scott said...

Have a blessed Christmas brother! and thanks so much

Scott said...

AMEN GG - and thanks :)

Dutch Treat said...

I just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas; and thanks so much Scott for all you do. Throughout history, and especially during the Diaspora the Jews had a saying: "le-shanah ha-ba'ah bi-Yerushalayim." "Next Year in Jerusalem." May we all spend next Christmas in the New Jerusalem!

Scott said...

Amen Dutch - thanks - and have a great and meaningful Christmas Brother - hope to see you soon :)

WVBORN56 said...

Merry Christ filled Christmas to all the faithful watchers who gather here and to Scott who makes it possible! Blessings,