Published December 26, 2017

Paul's Epistle & Shelia Shares
"Prophecy Fulfilled"

Jesus is unique. He is One of a Kind. We all know that. We all believe that. But even the world must – or certainly should – take notice when it comes to how Jesus fulfilled so many Old Testament prophecies – prophecies written down centuries before Jesus' birth.

In fact, scholars tell us more than 300 Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled by Jesus, many at His very birth. The odds of that happening are truly astronomical. In fact, it just couldn't happen – unless God were involved.

Here are just a few of those prophecies and their fulfillment:

In Genesis 22:18, this is promised to Abraham: "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." Matthew 1:1 tells us Jesus is a son of Abraham.

In Genesis 21:12, Abraham is promised that the Messiah would more specifically be a descendant of his son, Isaac. Luke 3:34 tells us Jesus is, in fact, a descendant of Isaac.

Micah 5:2 tells us the Messiah would be born of the tribe of Judah. Luke 3:33 confirms Christ was born as a descendant of Judah.

Isaiah 11:1 says the Messiah would be a descendant of Jesse. That was the case — confirmed in Luke 3:32.

Jeremiah 23:5-6 (and several other prophecies, as well) say the Messiah would be a descendant of King David. Luke 3:31 confirms that Jesus was – humanly speaking – a descendant of King David. Luke 2:4-7 tells us plainly that Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem – because they were "of the house and lineage of David..."

Prophecy had much to say about other circumstances surrounding Jesus' birth, too.

Micah 5:2 foretells the location of the Lord's birth: "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings-forth are from of old, from everlasting."  Matthew 2:1 clearly tells us "Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea..."

Isaiah 7:14 — written down 700 years before Jesus was born — quotes this prophecy from God: "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel." Matthew 1:18 tells us the Son that Mary carried was a "child of the Holy Spirit." Further, Matthew 1:23 says that name, "Immanuel," and the prophecy of His birth, is fulfilled in Jesus. "Immanuel," after all, means "God with us."

Psalm 2:7 quotes God as saying the Messiah will clearly be His Son – the Son of God. In Luke 3:22, at Jesus' baptism, we're told "a voice came from heaven which said, ‘You are my beloved Son, in You I am well pleased." Jesus was (and is), in the familiar words of John 3:16, God's "only begotten Son."

The Old Testament contains many other prophecies – also written hundreds of years before their fulfillment – that were clearly fulfilled during the life of Christ in such perfection as only God could orchestrate. No other religious leaders who've ever lived had been prophesied in such a way. That's another way Jesus is truly unique – One of a kind.

Of course, many other prophecies – including those given by Christ, Himself – remain to be fulfilled when the Lord returns. But we can be certain that the same precision that guided the fulfillment of the prophecies of His birth will also shape the fulfillment of these, too. You can count on it!  Be ready!

- Paul & Shelia Heil

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