How will we know the Messiah when he comes?

I often think about what it might have been like to be a person of faith living before the birth of Jesus Christ. Instead of looking back at Bethlehem in faith as we do now, people looked forward to the birth of the Messiah in faith. How would they know him when he arrived? The ancient prophecies of the Hebrew Bible answer this question with precision. Take a few minutes to explore these 6 prophetic words about the coming of the Messiah. Notice they were spoken and written with accuracy long before the birth of Jesus. Let the Scriptures bolster your faith in the Messiah that was born in Bethlehem some 2000 years ago now.

1. He will come from Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2-5) (c.700 B.C) 

2. He will be born of a virgin. (Isaiah 7:14) (c.680 B.C)

3. He will be a great and specific light (Isaiah 9:1-7) (c.680 B.C)

                  1) Naphtali and Zebulun – Galillee of the nations

                  2) Light for people in darkness

                  3) Child born, Son given – King

                  4) Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

                  5) No end to his peace

                  6) Makes the throne of David eternal (God’s promise to David)

                  7) Righteousness and justice forever more

4. He is will do these 4things. (Isaiah 61:1-3) (c.680 B.C.)

                  1) Bring good news to the poor

                  2) Bind up the brokenhearted

                  3) Proclaim liberty to the captives

                  4) Comfort all who mourn

5. He will enter Jerusalem on an un-ridden colt. (Zechariah 9:9) (518 B.C)

6. He will be crushed for our sins. (Isaiah 53:5,10) (680 B.C)

For a longer study of the prophecy related to the coming Messiah watch the message “Ancient Perspectives: Looking Forward to Bethlehem.”

 

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