It has been a little while since I have sat down to write and since it is Christmas week I thought I would write a little about some prophecies that have been fulfilled by Jesus’ Birth.
One of the verses we hear a lot around Christmas time is Isaiah 9:6. Isaiah writes, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” This is a promise of hope through a future Davidic king, and we see a list of titles or attributes to be given to this future king. Some of these are divine titles that would not be given or refer to a human king. This was fulfilled by Jesus in Luke 2:11, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” The title Savior refers to Yahweh, we see Mary say this in Luke 1:47 when she says, ” And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” The title of Christ emphasizes Jesus’ anointing as God’s promised Servant. Lord emphasizes His sovereign authority. It is also interesting to add that in Luke’s gospel he uses the title Lord, Greek kyrios, to refer to both Yahweh and Jesus. Look at Luke 2:9 when he writes, “And the angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.” When Luke uses this Greek word it shows that he intended to refer to Jesus as Yahweh.
It was also prophesied that Jesus would be born of a virgin. In Isaiah 7:14 it says, ” Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Immanuel means, God with us. This is fulfilled in Matthew 1:18, “When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.” Matthew is a little different in his writing and gives a different perspective than Luke did. Matthew cites several Old Testament passages that show that Jesus is Israel’s long-awaited Messiah.
In Luke 1:26-35, “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.” Luke calls Mary a virgin twice here to emphasize that Jesus’ conception was an act of God. In Luke 1:34 Mary asks, “How can this be, since I am a virgin.” The angel then tells Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called Holy – the Son of God.” The title Son of God reflects Jesus’ miraculous conception and His divinity.
If Jesus was not born this way, of a virgin, He would not be fully God. If Joseph and Mary had relations and Jesus was conceived that way He would only be fully human. Since Jesus’ conception was an act of God, He is fully human and fully God. He is Immanuel, God with us. He is Jesus, the Son of the Most High (Luke 1:32), He will “reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:33)
These are just two of the prophecies found that are fulfilled by Jesus’ birth. I will continue this Christmas week to write about more of the prophecies that were fulfilled by the birth of Jesus.