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2 Peter 1:19 says,

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; …

Compared to other religions, Christianity has the only doctrine written by many men

Isaiah schools from Qumran over 700 years before Christ was born. Proof of God, His Son, and the Scriptures.

Isaiah scrolls from Qumran over 700 years before Christ was born. Proof of God, His Son and the Scriptures.

over a great period of time. There is assurance of truth where many say the same things. In the multitude of counsel is wisdom. (Proverbs 11:14; 15:22) What prophecies do we have of Christ? Very many things from a variety of biblically reliable resources.

We could consider the many pictures of the Savior in Moses writings. From Genesis 3:15 we see that Satan will bruise His heal, but a man (the Messiah) would bruise Satan’s head. We can consider the vicarious sacrifice of animals then look at Abraham with Isaac as pictures of Jesus sacrificed on the cross. The animals, Isaac and Jesus were all innocent but offered to atone for our sins. Those writings are from Moses, Paul, the Gospel writers and Peter to name a few.

This month we celebrate the birth of Jesus. How many places and how many writers told us of this wondrous event? We have 8 major references.

1. Jesus will come from the line of Abraham. Prophecy: Genesis 12:3. Confirmed in Matthew 1:1.

2. Jesus’ mother will be a virgin. Prophecy: Isaiah 7:14. Confirmed in Matthew 1:18–23. 

3. Jesus will be a descendent of Isaac and Jacob. Prophecy: Genesis 17:19 and Numbers 24:17. Confirmed in Matthew 1:2

4. Jesus will be born in the town Bethlehem. Prophecy: Micah 5:2. Confirmed in Luke 2:1–7.

5. Jesus will be a member of the tribe of Judah. Prophecy: Genesis 49:10. Confirmed in Luke 3:33

6. Jesus will be from the lineage of King David. Prophecy: Jeremiah 23:5. Confirmed in Matthew 1:6

7. Jesus’ birth will be accompanied with great suffering and sorrow. Prophecy: Jeremiah 31:15. Confirmed in Matthew 2:16.  

8. Jesus will live a perfect life, die by crucifixion, resurrect from death, ascend into heaven, and sit at the right hand of God. Prophecies: Psalm 22:16; Psalm 16:10; Isaiah 53:10–11; Psalm 68:18; Psalm 110:1. Confirmed in 1 Peter 2:21–22; Luke 23:33; Acts 2:25–32; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 1:3.

In these eight examples we find six Old Testament and five New Testament writers all spanning more than 1,500 years. What do we know of our Savior through these prophecies come true?

First, there is a God to have made all this come to be over that span of time. If there is a God that can look over the span of time in such a way and engineer happenstances this complicated, in conjunction with the complications of our lives we should be in awe. We should also consider what He provided. (1 Corinthians 15:10-11)

Second, Jesus is Messiah born of God for man. God the Father truly has a Son. If these beginnings be proven true in the Son of God, His life’s testimony in the scriptures is more sure. The Savior died for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:1-2).

Third, we have the Holy Bible confirmed. The prophecies are absolutely trustworthy, the Bible is trustworthy and as God would have it, nothing is for our own private interpretation. (2 Peter 1:20) Prophecy came not in old time by men, but was spoken by God. (2 Peter 1:21) We too should take much counsel in our interpretations.

You will find glorious things in Christ but they all began in a manger as foretold thousands of years ago and almost a millennia before Christ. Seek the truths of Scripture this Christmas season. Find the real reasons for Christmas and rejoice with others.