John 1:14 says, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
I’ve read those words so many times since becoming a Christian, but this year, with Christmas coming upon us, they really hit home.
Just imagine, from the beginning of creation, God knew we would need a savior. He knew sin would enter the world and He prepared a plan to redeem His creation.
In Isaiah 7:14, it says, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
We know that the Messiah would be born of a virgin long before Mary received the news from the angel Gabriel. This was written over 700 years before Christ was born.
Micah 5:2 tells us more than 800 years before Christ’s birth that He would be born in Bethlehem.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
Isaiah 9:6-8 says the Messiah will come through the line of King David.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
Hosea 11:1 foretells Joseph and Mary would take Jesus to Egypt to protect him from King Herod.
“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.”
And Jeremiah 31:15 speaks of the carnage King Herod would cause to happen as he tried to kill the Messiah by murdering every male child two years of age and under.
“Thus says the Lord: “A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.”
And there are so many more prophecies that speak of the coming Messiah. All are fulfilled in Jesus, the Word.
God brought together his perfect plan to redeem us back to him. A simple plan with eternal consequences.
John 1: 12-14 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
So this Christmas, let’s remember God’s perfect gift to us. Born of a virgin, He died for our sins and ascended to heaven where He awaits God’s command to return.
All the best…