Grace for Your Day December 6

According to some estimates, there are more than 300 prophecies about the Messiah in the Old Testament that discuss His life and death. They also talk about other aspects of His ministry such as His genealogy, poverty, and the fact that He would one day suffer and rule as a king over Israel. Isaiah 53 even goes so far as to tell us that the Messiah “will have no stately form or majesty” (verse 2) and He will be “despised and forsaken of men” (verse 3). Yet at the same time, He will “have a portion with the great” (verse 12).

The point is that all of this was written before the Messiah was born. It was all spelled out long ago in the writings of the Hebrew Bible because Jesus’ birth was no accident in the mind of God. It was no random thing because it was too important for that. Therefore, God announced it ahead of time which makes Christianity unique in the annals of history. No other religion in the world can claim such an achievement.

Several years ago, mathematician named Peter Stoner was asked what was the probability of one man randomly fulfilling all of these prophecies. He said that it was 1 in 10 x 17th power which is 1 with 17 zeroes behind it. To illustrate how large the number was, he said that if you covered the entire state of Texas in silver dollars then marked one of them and asked a blind mand to find it, it would give you an idea. In other words, it is impossible. No one can unintentionally fulfill all of that, yet that is exactly what Jesus did which is what we are going to talk about this week at Grace Fellowship Church.

This Sunday, we are going to begin a series called “3 Prophecies for the Birth of Christ” where we look at three Old Testament prophecies that Jesus fulfilled. The passages that we will look at are Micah 5:2, Isaiah 7:14, and Isaiah 9:6-7. Each of these texts will talk about a different aspect of our Savior’s birth and show us why it was so unique because the One Who came to save us was the Son of God. He was no ordinary man nor did He have an ordinary entrance into this world. His birth was truly miraculous because it was declared several hundred years before it occurred.

The first prophecy that we will look at is found in Micah 5:2:
But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.
 
Please join us as we study this passage together. I look forward to kicking off the Christmas Season with you by talking about the One Who was born in Bethlehem. – Jeremy Cagle

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