When we think about this time of year, it is a must to review the old prophecies from the old testament about Christ’s birth. They gave so many details about the actual birthplace, the “star” ,the home town, the nature of Jesus and the details of his sufferings. These verses were written 400 years and more before the birth of Christ. They provided the Isralites a hope for the future, a future messiah. There are so many to search through. I will write a few verses for you to review on your own , but today we will take a look at Micah 5:2, Isaiah 9:6, and Numbers 24:17.
Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans[a] 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.”
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Numbers 24:17 “I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near.
A star will come out of Jacob;
a scepter will rise out of Israel.
Do you see the story unfolding? A star, a ruler out of Bethlehem, a child born, a child called wonderful consoler, mighty God, everlasting father, prince of peace.
I am always amazed when I review these scriptures year after year. Take time and review Isaiah 53:3-12. I’m amazed by the detail of foretelling of Christ’s nature while he was here on earth. Look at verse 3 and 4 of this chapter.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
A man of suffering, familiar with pain. Oh dear one, in verse 4 it states surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering. Here in this Christmas message, He speaks to you. He can and will help you bear your pain. He is familiar with pain himself. How could we ask for a better savior? Could we ask for any better message of hope?