Prophetic Facts about the Birth of Jesus Christ
THE KEY: The Key to being confident in the reality of Jesus is to study the bible to see "if the prophecies given to important figures in the Old Testament ever came true." For example, If God really did tell King David that his descendant would inherit the throne of God's Kingdom, was Jesus a real descendant, or "Son" of David?
The following represent just some of the many connections to the birth of Jesus and the prophecies that were spoken by those who lived hundreds of years before He was born.
The beauty of knowing these, is that if He was born exactly as they said He would be, then one can trust the validity of the claim that Jesus was real, and furthermore, the true Son of God.
The Messiah would have a distinct, genealogical record from Abraham to David, and from David to Jesus.
From the Shemite branch of humanity (Genesis 9:26)
Through Abraham (Genesis 12:3)
Through Abraham’s son, Isaac (Genesis 17:21)
Through Isaac’s son, Jacob (Genesis 28:14)
Through Jacob's son, the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:8)
Through the family of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1)
Through the house of David (Jeremiah 23:5)
Special Note: In the New Testament books, it is believed that Matthew traces the genealogy of Jesus from Abraham to King David to Jesus through his father adoptive father, Joseph; Luke the geneaology of Jesus backwards from Jesus to Adam traces through his mother, virgin Mary.
God promised another prophet like Moses
Deuteronomy 18:18...I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. (NIV)
Special Note: After Moses, there was a succession of prophets, including Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, but none was more like Moses than Jesus Christ. BOTH WERE
Delivered from death as infants.
Recognized as Prophets.
Leaders of God's people.
Sent to fast in the wilderness 40 days.
Intermediaries between God and man.
Moses offered to die, if necessary (Exodus 32:30-33). Jesus did die for our sins.
Isaiah foretold of the miraculous virgin birth of Jesus
Isaiah 7:14...Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (NIV)
Special Note: The New Testament books of Matthew and Luke record details involving the birth of Jesus, saying that he was born of the virgin Mary and is the Son of God. Because he is the Son of God, and He said He and the Father were one, (John 10:30), Jesus literally can be referred to as "God with us."
There would be a son called God
Isaiah 9:6-7...For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. (NIV)
Special Note: Jesus is a descendent of King David, and He rose from the dead and ascended to Heaven to be seated at the right hand of God. Therefore His kingdom is everlasting.
Nations would seek the counsel of Jesse's descendant
Isaiah 11:1-10... A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him-- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD--3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; 4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. 5 Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist…10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious. (NIV)
Special Note: Jesus is a descendant of Jesse.
The Messiah would be preceded by a messenger
Isaiah 40:1-5,9...“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins. 3 A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. 5 And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken." 9 . . . say to the towns of Judah, "Here is your God!" (NIV)
Special Note: This prophecy foreshadowed the life of John the Baptist. Jesus was born shortly after John the Baptist. Recording many events of the life of Jesus and of John the Baptist, Matthew records (3:1-2), "In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea, and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."
The Messiah would be a descendant of King David
Jeremiah 23:5..."The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. (NIV)
Special Note: In the New Testament books, it is believed that Matthew traces the genealogy of Jesus back to King David through his father adoptive father, Joseph, while Luke traces through Mary.
Certain events would signal the birth of the Messiah.
A star will signal His birth (Numbers 24:17).
He will be presented gifts (Psalm 72:10-11).
Massacre of children after His birth (Jeremiah 31:15).
His escape into Egypt (Hosea 11:1).
His residence in Nazareth (Matthew 2:23).
His childhood poverty (Isaiah 53:2).
His Spirit-filled nature from birth (Isaiah 1:1-2)