Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us (Matthew 1:23 KJV)
Matthew’s account of the Christmas story was written with a particular emphasis to show it was an unraveling of the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies. Christ’s birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven were all seen and spoken of by the prophets of old. In fact, Christ Himself said, “in the volume of the book it is written of me” (Hebrews 10:7).
The scriptures began speaking of the Savior’s coming from the very instant Adam and Eve fell into sin. You can trace the Messiah throughout the Old Testament until the last chapters of the book of Revelation, where we are taken back to the Garden of Eden to talk about the Tree of life again.
The events of Christmas were not accidental. God was not surprised to find out there was no room in the inn for the Savior to be born in a manger. Herod’s savage rage to destroy infants in his attempt to protect his kingdom was well spoken of before he was born. Interestingly, when the Father spoke of the Savior, He was also thinking about those who will be saved, that is, you and me. Christmas is a fulfillment of prophecy, and you are equally a fulfillment of prophecy in Christ!
Do you think the Jews struggled with understanding how a virgin can be pregnant? It is easier for us to look back and say it was self-evident. It was a different story to the Jews who read those words in the days of Christ.
APPLY THE WORD
Christmas is a fulfillment of prophecy. God spoke through His prophets and fulfilled every word of their prophecy. He is reliable and dependable. You can build your life on His words as a sure foundation.
Bless the Father for His infallible Word given to us.