Isaiah 7:14 – Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Christmas is such a great time of year. We all look forward to the season and spending time with family and friends. For many it also marks the birth of Jesus and the beginning of a life that changed everything. The Bible holds hundreds of prophecies telling of the coming of Jesus. The verse above was written about 700 years prior to Jesus’ birth. Think about that for a second . . . the book of Isaiah gives us more prophecies about the coming of Jesus and his purpose; Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)- But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. There are countless other Biblical Prophecies that have occurred. Fulfilled prophecy is strong evidence that God is the author of the Bible, because when you look at the mathematical odds of prophecy being fulfilled, you quickly see a design, a purpose, and a guiding hand behind the Bible. We rejoice in such evidence that the Word of God is alive, but as Believers “we walk by faith, not by sight”; 2 Corinthians 5:7.
The Bible also gives us many promises. Promises that give us hope when we are stricken. Promises that assure us that this is not our true home. Promises that tell us that we are loved by a truly awesome God. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”; John 3:16.
When we read about the birth of Jesus and refer back to the prophecy of Isaiah, how can we look at the many promises of the Bible and not be encouraged. How can we doubt His plan for those who believe . . . and unfortunately for those who don’t? In the days ahead, the best gift you can give someone is the Truth of the Bible and the Creator of all things!
Luke 2:14 (KJV) – Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.