Before Jesus was born, Isaiah prophesied of His birth. Isaiah lived 700 years before Christ but still was able to see into the Lord’s day. As he opened his mouth, it was filled with the signs and wonders from God. He saw into the long distant future and was amazed. 1Earlier, Isaiah wrote about Ahaz, who received a sign from the Lord, about the birth of Immanuel. This sign from the heavens was just the beginning of one of the most amazing signs of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He wrote, 2“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” The Lord of all would come down. The most Wonderful Name above all names. He is our greatest Counselor of all. Nobody gives greater wisdom than Jesus. 1He is called Immanuel, or God with us. He surely is our mighty God. 4All those that believe in Him are called His sons and daughters. Oh, how grateful I am to have such a great Father. The peace He brings is never ending. I know this, being filled with the Holy Spirit of God, but just imagine how excited Isaiah was when he saw all this.
Many centuries passed but this sign of the baby Jesus’s birth was not forgotten. People anxiously awaited the coming of their King. And so it happened, as it was foretold. As the shepherds were tending their flocks, an angel of the Lord appeared unto them. As the glory of God was shining round about them, the angel declared, 3“I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” Can you see the parallel of the birth of Jesus and the prophesy? In Isaiah, it reads, 2“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given”, while Luke writes, 3“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour.” With the birth of Jesus, their Savior, this prophesy was fulfilled. This was atmosphere when the Lord Jesus had come, 3“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” The angels rejoiced, as did the shepherds, as they made haste to see Jesus, lying in a manger. All praises to the King.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I am so grateful for Your coming. Your birth signifies the greatest moment of anytime on earth. It was the beginning of the kingdom of God, being established on earth. I am astonished just to think of this glorious moment. You have opened up a new era of peace and joy upon this earth. The angels declared your glory and I also declare that You are all glorious. Hallelujah, for You have come to save us all from our sins. Nothing is greater than to know that my Savior has come to the earth. I will be forever indebted for Your sacrifice on the cross. I was lost in darkness, but have now been found. You have cleansed me and brought me into Your light. Only You could be so wonderful. Only You could be so patient in Your counselor towards me. Your peace is overflowing in my life because of Your great love. You are my God, my Savior. I am honored to be Your son. I rejoice, just to think of You. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Isaiah 7:10-16 (KJV)
10 Moreover the Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying,
11 Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.
12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord.
13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?
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.
15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.
2Isaiah 9:6-7 (KJV)
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
3Luke 2:1-20 (KJV)
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
4John 1:1-14 (KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.