Fulfilled prophecies are interesting and exciting because we see God’s hand at work. Many prophecies about Jesus are found throughout the Old Testament. However, in the spirit of Christmas, I thought it would be interesting to share some of the prophecies for Christ’s birth.
Line of David prophecy
Jesus was born in the line of David. Matthew 1 lists Joseph’s genealogy. In Luke 2, Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem for the census because he belonged to the house and line of David.
Isaiah 9:6-7 predicted the event: “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. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne. . .”
Virgin birth prophecy
Matthew 1:23 says the prophet said, “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel—which means, God with us.” Luke 1:26-38, tells of the angel’s visit to Mary, the virgin chosen by God to bear His Son, Jesus.
In Matthew 1:21, the angel told Joseph to name the baby boy, Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
Isaiah 7:14 predicted this: “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.” In Isaiah 8:8, O Immanuel is mentioned also.
Messiah born in Bethlehem prophecy
When angels visited the shepherds, they told the shepherds in Luke 2:11, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”
They found the babe lying in a manager, just as the angels proclaimed. The baby slept in the manger because there was no room for them at the inn.
The Magi in Matthew 2 visited Jerusalem and asked about the newborn king. The chief priests and teachers of the law agreed the Christ was to be born in Bethlehem in Judea.
This confirmed what Micah 5:2 said: “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.”
Visiting kings and star prophecies
The Magi followed a star so they could worship the new king. After they met with Herod, they followed the star to where the child was.
I never realized the prophesies about kings giving gifts and stars before. Isaiah 60:3 says, “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” Psalm 72:10-11 talks of kings from distant shores who bring tribute to him and kings who will present him gifts. All nations will bow down to him and all nations will serve him.
Numbers 24:17, says, “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel.”
Mothers mourning prophecy
Herod questioned the Magi to learn when they had first seen the star. When he realized that the Magi were not returning to tell him where the child was, he ordered that all the boys two years old and under be killed in Bethlehem and its vicinity. This was predicted in Jeremiah 31:15, which says, “A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more.”
Do you know other prophesies that mentioned Jesus’ birth? Please share them. It is exciting and amazing to see God’s Word coming true. How comforting and wonderful it is to know that what He says will be, does come true.
Merry Christmas! I hope you are filled with joy this season as you praise His holy name!