Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Christmas Gift to You

Merry Christmas! I love this time of year. What an amazing opportunity to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Some may not know who Jesus is, though. Some may not understand He is the Promised Messiah, born so that we might live! Prophets throughout the Old Testament foretold of His coming, giving hope and peace to those who were looking forward to Him and giving proof to those of us who would come after His appearance.

This year, as a gift to you, I wanted to share a list of 44 prophecies that Jesus Christ fulfilled. This is not an exhaustive list, of course, as He actually fulfilled over 300 prophecies given in the Old Testament. The chances of Him fulfilling even one or two as exact as He did would be slim. Actually, according to researchers, the odds of even just eight prophecies being fulfilled exactly as they happened have been shown to be similar to the odds of filling the state of Texas with silver dollars, about 2 feet tall and having a blind-folded person go in and pick out a single, pre-marked silver dollar correctly! But when God is the One giving the prophecy, He can fulfill each one exactly as He says. And He did!

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth; peace and good will toward all men!" 

44 Prophecies Jesus Christ Fulfilled

1. Messiah would be born of a woman.
Genesis 3:15 - Prophecy
Matthew 1:20 - Fulfillment
Galatians 4:4 - Fulfillment

2. Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.
Micah 5:2 - Prophecy
Matthew 2:1 - Fulfillment
Luke 2:4-6 - Fulfillment

3. Messiah would be born of a virgin.
Isaiah 7:14 - Prophecy
Matthew 1:22-23 - Fulfillment
Luke 1:26-31 - Fulfillment

4. Messiah would come from the line of Abraham.
Genesis 12:3 - Prophecy
Genesis 22:18 - Prophecy
Matthew 1:1 - Fulfillment
Romans 9:5 - Fulfillment

5. Messiah would be a descendant of Isaac.
Genesis 17:19 - Prophecy
Genesis 21:12 - Prophecy
Luke 3:34 - Fulfillment

6. Messiah would be a descendant of Jacob.
Numbers 24:17 - Prophecy
Matthew 1:2 - Fulfillment

7. Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah.
Genesis 49:10 - Prophecy
Luke 3:33 - Fulfillment
Hebrews 7:14 - Fulfillment

8. Messiah would be heir to King David's throne.
2 Samuel 7:12-13 - Prophecy
Isaiah 9:7 - Prophecy
Luke 1:32-33 - Fulfillment
Romans 1:3 - Fulfillment

9. Messiah’s throne will be anointed and eternal.
Psalm 45:6-7 - Prophecy
Daniel 2:44 - Prophecy
Luke 1:33 - Fulfillment
Hebrews 1:8-12 - Fulfillment

10. Messiah would be called Immanuel (God with us).
Isaiah 7:14 - Prophecy
Matthew 1:23 - Fulfillment

11. Messiah would spend a season in Egypt.
Hosea 11:1 - Prophecy
Matthew 2:14-15 - Fulfillment

12. A massacre of children would happen at Messiah's birthplace.
Jeremiah 31:15 - Prophecy
Matthew 2:16-18 - Fulfillment

13. A messenger would prepare the way for Messiah
Isaiah 40:3-5 - Prophecy
Luke 3:3-6 - Fulfillment

14. Messiah would be rejected by his own people.
Psalm 69:8 - Prophecy
Isaiah 53:3 - Prophecy
John 1:11 - Fulfillment
John 7:5 - Fulfillment

15. Messiah would be a prophet.
Deuteronomy 18:15 - Prophecy
Acts 3:20-22 - Fulfillment

16. Messiah would be preceded by Elijah.
Malachi 4:5-6 - Prophecy
Matthew 11:13-14 - Fulfillment

17. Messiah would be declared the Son of God.
Psalm 2:7 - Prophecy
Matthew 3:16-17 - Fulfillment

18. Messiah would be called a Nazarene.
Isaiah 11:1 - Prophecy
Matthew 2:23 - Fulfillment

19. Messiah would bring light to Galilee.
Isaiah 9:1-2 - Prophecy
Matthew 4:13-16 - Fulfillment

20. Messiah would speak in parables.
Psalm 78:2-4 - Prophecy
Isaiah 6:9-10 - Prophecy
Matthew 13:10-15,34-35 - Fulfillment

21. Messiah would be sent to heal the brokenhearted.
Isaiah 61:1-2 - Prophecy
Luke 4:18-19 - Fulfillment

22. Messiah would be a priest after the order of Melchizedek.
Psalm 110:4 - Prophecy
Hebrews 5:5-6 - Fulfillment

23. Messiah would be called King.
Psalm 2:6 - Prophecy
Zechariah 9:9 - Prophecy
Matthew 27:37 - Fulfillment
Mark 11:7-11 - Fulfillment

24. Messiah would be praised by little children.
Psalm 8:2 - Prophecy
Matthew 21:16 - Fulfillment

25. Messiah would be betrayed.
Psalm 41:9 - Prophecy
Zechariah 11:12-13 - Prophecy
Luke 22:47-48 - Fulfillment
Matthew 26:14-16 - Fulfillment

26. Messiah’s price money would be used to buy a potter's field.
Zechariah 11:12-13 - Prophecy
Matthew 27:9-10 - Fulfillment

27. Messiah would be falsely accused.
Psalm 35:11 - Prophecy
Mark 14:57-58 - Fulfillment

28. Messiah would be silent before his accusers.
Isaiah 53:7 - Prophecy
Mark 15:4-5 - Fulfillment

29. Messiah would be spat upon and struck.
Isaiah 50:6 - Prophecy
Matthew 26:67 - Fulfillment

30. Messiah would be hated without cause.
Psalm 35:19 - Prophecy
Psalm 69:4 - Prophecy
John 15:24-25 - Fulfillment

31. Messiah would be crucified with criminals.
Isaiah 53:12 - Prophecy
Matthew 27:38 - Fulfillment 
Mark 15:27-28 - Fulfillment

32. Messiah would be given vinegar to drink.
Psalm 69:21 - Prophecy
Matthew 27:34 - Fulfillment
John 19:28-30 - Fulfillment

33. Messiah’s hands and feet would be pierced.
Psalm 22:16 - Prophecy
Zechariah 12:10 - Prophecy
John 20:25-27 - Fulfillment

34. Messiah would be mocked and ridiculed.
Psalm 22:7-8 - Prophecy
Luke 23:35 - Fulfillment

35. Soldiers would gamble for Messiah's garments.
Psalm 22:18 - Prophecy
Luke 23:34 - Fulfillment
Matthew 27:35-36 - Fulfillment

36. Messiah’s bones would not be broken.
Exodus 12:46 - Prophecy
Psalm 34:20 - Prophecy
John 19:33-36 - Fulfillment

37. Messiah would be forsaken by God.
Psalm 22:1 - Prophecy
Matthew 27:46 - Fulfillment

38. Messiah would pray for his enemies.
Psalm 109:4 - Prophecy
Luke 23:34 - Fulfillment

39. Soldiers would pierce Messiah's side.
Zechariah 12:10 - Prophecy
John 19:34 - Fulfillment

40. Messiah would be buried with the rich.
Isaiah 53:9 - Prophecy
Matthew 27:57-60 - Fulfillment

41. Messiah would resurrect from the dead.
Psalm 16:10 - Prophecy
Psalm 49:15 - Fulfillment
Matthew 28:2-7 - Fulfillment
Acts 2:22-32 - Fulfillment

42. Messiah would ascend to heaven.
Psalm 24:7-10 - Prophecy
Mark 16:19 - Fulfillment
Luke 24:51 - Fulfillment

43. Messiah would be seated at God's right hand.
Psalm 68:18 - Prophecy
Psalm 110:1 - Prophecy
Mark 16:19 - Fulfillment
Matthew 22:44 - Fulfillment

44. Messiah would be a sacrifice for sin.
Isaiah 53:5-12 - Prophecy

Romans 5:6-8 - Fulfillment

This Christmas, please consider the baby born in Bethlehem who spent His first night on earth in a manger. What if He truly was the Messiah? What if He truly did come to earth to live a sinless life and die a sinner's death so you and I can have an opportunity to have a restored relationship with God through His sacrifice? My friend, this could be the best Christmas you've ever had! I pray you will know Him this Christmas and that you will trust Him with your life. He loves you so much.

Knowing Jesus is a matter of reaching out to Him in faith. He is right here with you, in this moment. Speak to Him in prayer, from your heart. Here's an example of a prayer you can speak, but please know that your salvation does not come from a prayer - but from your heart. If you speak these words, but don't have conviction in your heart about what they are actually saying, it's just words. Your commitment comes from a true belief - a firm conviction, a full surrender. Your life will reflect that commitment! 

Father, thank you for sending Your Son to the earth as a humble servant and for living a sinless life. Thank you for dying for me and for the strength you showed as you hung on the cross - taking on my sin and shame. I admit that I am a sinner. The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fall short, and I am no exception. I admit that I have lived my life for me and for me alone. But I am tired of living my life for me. I want to live my life for You! I humbly ask you to forgive me for my sin and to take my life into your hands. I give you my heart. Please, give me Yours. Give me strength to live for You and help me to know when I am going my own way. I know You don't expect me to be perfect, but I also know You can give me strength to make the choices You want me to make by the power of your Spirit. I ask you to fill me with Your Spirit. I want to live for You alone and I trust You to help me do that. Thank you, Lord! You are so good to me. Merry Christmas.  In Jesus' Name, Amen

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