The Fulfillment of Prophecies about Jesus’ Birth
People are fascinated with prophecy. It’s intriguing to think someone could accurately say ahead of time what’s going to happen in the future. One well known prophet who lived in the 1500’s is Nostradamus. He made a number of prophecies that many people believe have been fulfilled over time. There’s a website that lists his top ten predictions and how accurate they are. What’s interesting are the hundreds of comments to the post over a period of couple of years by people interested in his predictions. They believe his prophecies validate him as an authority. Read the list at the link above to decide for yourself. Unfortunately their trust is misplaced.
However, their reasoning is correct.
Let’s consider the biblical predictions of Jesus’ birth. If these prophecies are true it tells us two things.
2 Things Fulfillment of Old Testament Prophecies Tells Us
- The accurate fulfillment of prophecies validates the authority of the prophet. We should listen to him.
- The accurate fulfillment of the prophecies about Jesus validate who He is. A key element of the prophecies is who Jesus is.
With this in mind, let’s look at 7 Old Testament prophecies about Jesus’ birth and when they were fulfilled in the New Testament.
7 Old Testament Prophecies Fulfilled In Jesus’ birth
- He would come from the line of Abraham Genesis 12:3. Fulfilled Matthew 1:1
- He would be a descendant of Isaac Genesis 17:19 Fulfilled Matthew 1:2
- He would be a descendant of Jacob Numbers 24:17. Fulfilled: Matthew 1:2.
- He would be of the tribe of Judah Genesis 49:8-10, Micah 5:2. Fulfilled Matthew 1:1-3, Hebrews 7:14, Revelation 5:5.
- He would be born a king of the line of David Isaiah 9:7, Jeremiah 23:5. Fulfilled Matthew 1:1, 6 Luke 1:32.
- He would be born in Bethlehem of Judea Micah 5:2-5. Fulfilled Matthew 2:1-6.
- He would be born of a virgin Isaiah 7:14. Fulfilled Matthew 1:18–23.
What are the odds these could all be true? Even if we leave out that Jesus would be born of a virgin, which humanly speaking has zero chance of happening, the odds of these all coming true in one person are astronomical. If you want to read about the practically impossible odds of Jesus fulfilling the prophecies in the Bible click here to read the online book “Science Speaks”.
But all seven of these did come true. That does two things.
- It validates the prophets who wrote and God who inspired them to write.
- It validates Jesus is who He said He is, the Son of God who came to be our Savior.
This year as you celebrate Christmas worship the wonderful God who planned it and brought it about for you. If you haven’t yet believed Jesus is your Savior I’d encourage you to spend some time considering why God would go to the trouble of predicting how it would happen. It was so you would believe Him. You can trust Him today!
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