Why did the Jewish people miss celebrating the birth of Jesus?“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over theirflocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shonearound them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. Ibring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town ofDavid a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign toyou: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising Godand saying,“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whomhis favor rests.” Luke 2: 8-14How could anyone have slept through that? Everyone did just that, except for the lowlyshepherd boys. Where were the Jews? Where was her own family and friends? Manywould have known that Mary was divinely pregnant. What was their excuse?The Jewish people were oppressed at the time of Jesus’ birth by the Romans. Theyknew, through the prophet Isaiah that a time was coming when peace would be restoredby a new king. So, they were looking for the grownup king, not a baby.Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on thethrone of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice andwith righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hostswill do this.Again, this can easily go sideways when we do not take all of Scripture into account.Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and, the government will be onhis shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, EverlastingFather, Prince of Peace.The rabbi’s and the Jews wanted the conquering king on a white horse, not the sufferingservant.Should they have known about the Messiah coming first as a baby? Yes!The Bible is full of prophesies about the Messiah…about 333 of them.In Genesis 17 God made it abundantly clear to Abraham, the first Jew, that through hima baby will be born, the son of God!When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him,Genesis 17:6-8 “I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will makeyou into nations, and kings shall come from you. 7 And I will establishmy covenant between me and you and your offspring after you,throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God
to you and to your offspring after you 8 And I will give to you and to
your offspring after you the land of your sojourning, all the land of Canaan, for an
everlasting possession, and I will be their God.”
Galatians 3:16 “Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It
does not say, “And to offsprings, ” referring to many, but referring to
one, “ And to your offspring, ” who is Christ.
The Messiah to come from the seed of a woman.
Fulfillment: In the fullness of time, God sent his Son, born of a woman…Galatians 4:4
The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem
Prophecy Micah 5:2 700 years BC 750
Fulfillment: “Jesus was born in Bethlehem” Matthew 2:1–6;
The Messiah would be a descendant of David
Prophecy 2 Samuel 7:12–16
Fulfillment: “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of
Abraham. Matthew 1:1,
The Messiah would be called a Nazarene
Prophecy Isaiah 11:1
Fulfillment: “And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken
by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene. Matthew 2:23
Messiah to be born of a virgin
Fulfillment: …the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named
Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph of David. And the
virgin’s name was Mary. Luke 1:26-27
Today, with all the noise around Christmas time, we best not lose sight of what this
holiday is all about.
The birth of God’s only son who would grow up to become the perfect sacrifice to God,
his Father, so that you and I can, by believing in Jesus our Lord, have eternal life God in
Heaven. Imagine, in the midst of this world of pain and suffering, God has prepared a
place where there is no more death, pain or suffering for ever and ever.
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
Posted on Mon, December 17, 2018
by Anchors Away