Isaiah 7:14 (KJV)

14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Since creation, God was orchestrating world affairs to set the stage for the arrival of His son.

In the meantime, He used prophecy to keep alive people’s hope for a fresh beginning and a new relationship with Him.

So many Messianic predictions are recorded in the Old Testament that the likelihood of one man fulfilling them all was slim. However Jesus Christ’s birth, life and death happened exactly as the prophets foretold.  Isaiah proclaimed, “Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Is. 7:14).

“Immanuel “means “God with us” and functions more as a title than a proper name.

The angel told Mary to call her Son “Jesus,” which means “God saves”. So Jesus is the God among us who saves (see Matt. 1:21, 23).

Micah told the Jewish people their people their leader would come from the tiny town of Bethlehem (see Mic. 5:2). The timing of Messiah’s arrival was revealed to Daniel, who recorded the time line in his writings. (Note: The word “week” in Daniel 7:25, 26 actually has the meaning of “seven years” –just as in Genesis 29:27.)

God Himself gave a direct prophecy in Genesis 3:15, when He told Satan, “I will put enmity between… your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel. “ It was an indication r=that Christ would defeat him.

A careful comparison of Jesus’s life with the prophecies of Scripture leads to the only one conclusion: Jesus is the promised Messiah, who brings every willing person into a new covenant relationship with the Father.

The hope of a coming Messiah sustained the Israelites through centuries of chaos and captivity.

The messianic hope is still available in our day through the One who came, died, and rose again for us.

Those of us who have received Jesus Christ as Savior have an unbreakable covenant relationship with God –and the promise of eternity with Him.

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