The Promise of the Messiah:
The first time the promise of the Messiah was made was way back in the Garden of Eden at the dawn of creation. The Lord said, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15). This was the very first time God declared that He was going to send someone to destroy the works of the devil, and be the Saviour of the world. This One, Jesus, would come and forgive our sins and make all things new. Throughout the entire Old Testament, the prophets arose and proclaimed, “He is coming, He is coming, He is coming!”
The prophet Micah said, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.” (Micah 5:2). The prophet declared that when the Messiah came, He would be born in the town of Bethlehem. When you study the approximately 300 prophecies that were given in the Old Testament about the coming Messiah, it’s amazing how this one man Jesus fulfilled every single prophecy perfectly.
Sometimes people wonder how we know the Bible is true, and how we can trust it. If you just look at all of the predictive prophecies that were spoken about Jesus, and how He fulfilled every single one so perfectly, this is a testimony to the fact that this book was inspired by God. In fact, one third of our Bible is predictive prophecy – telling about things that would happen in the future. Many of these things have already come to pass. We know we can trust the Bible because everything it has said about the future events have come true exactly as the Bible declared they would.
There was a prophet named Isaiah who said, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14). When Jesus arrived, He came as Emmanuel, God with us, the Dayspring, who has visited us.
Now some doubters would try to say that Jesus came and self-fulfilled the prophecies about Himself. But if you look at the predictions that were made about the time and place of His birth, you realize that He had no control over that. Jesus didn’t decide to be born in Bethlehem! And how could someone – apart from direct divine intervention – ever be born of a virgin? Impossible. The only logical conclusion we can come to is that Jesus was who He said He was – the Son of God, the Messiah, and the King of Israel.
All throughout the Old Testament, multitudes of prophets testified, “The Messiah is coming!” And yet, at the end of the 39 books of the Old Testament, God suddenly went silent. From the end of Malachi until Matthew, there were 400 years where God didn’t speak directly to His people. There were no dreams, visions or prophecies of any sort.
Pastor Chris Jordan