THE INCARNATION OF JESUS
I'd like to try to rephrase an old addage: (to be) "fore-warned"
(is to be) "forearmed". The prophecies, of old, told of the coming of Christ. There are many "tell-tale" clues so that men would recognize
Him when He came --- relatively few, however, did. I want to review
some of the 'previews' of His coming. This is by no means all of
them; I, may not even recognize all of them --- they were given as
signs --- but here are some:
(a) a boy child shall be virgin born, "The Lord Himself shall give you
a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,..." Isaiah 7:14.
(b) His name shall be called "Immanuel", which is interpreted to
mean "God with us", Isaiah 7:14.
(c) a forerunner called "the voice" will go before Him and, among
other things, say "Behold your God!", Isaiah 40:3, 9. This was John the
Baptist, Matthew 3:1-3.
(d) This special One would be born in Bethlehem, the city
of David, Micah 5:2. His role "ruler in Israel" is given. He died
being labeled "King of the Jews", Luke 23:38. The wise men asked
"where is he that is born king of the Jews", Matthew 2:2. Pilate
asked Him "art thou the king of the Jews?", Mark 15:20.
(e) the time of His appearance is forseen in Daniel 7:7, 23. It
will be during this fourth world empire, well known as the Roman Empire.
Thus the Roman tax customs, the soldiers, and leaders named in the
days of His lifetime.
(f) the place of His birth is given in Micah 5:2. It is called
Bethlehem Ephratah because the latter name is an ancient name for
Bethlehem, Genesis 35:19. It will keep down confusion about another
"Bethlehem" mentioned in Joshua 19:15; which was in Zebulun territory
(g) the word "fulfilled" is used copiously in references to Jesus
and His coming. Such an instance is found in Matthew 1:20-25 when the
angel of the Lord spoke of His name; JESUS would be given to fulfill the
prophecy of Micah 5:2: "Emannuel" which means "God with us", Matthew 1:23.
When He came to be "with us", He is then called Jesus which means
Saviour. God Bless! DDH.
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