Jesus Came to Fulfill Biblical Prophecy
Below is the podcast for today’s topic about Christmas: Jesus Came to Fulfill Biblical Prophecy. A modified transcript of the podcast can also be found below.
(18) Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
(19) Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
(20) But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
(21) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
(22) Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
(23) Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Introduction: In this very familiar passage of Scripture, we see that the events of Jesus Christ’s birth are recorded in a very detailed and deliberate fashion, just like any other passage of Scripture in God’s Word. In the verses prior to our text, Matthew gives a detailed genealogy of the generations leading up to Christ, in order to show the Jews that this is indeed Messiah, the Saviour of the World. However, the Lord laid upon my heart this morning to go beyond just reminiscing upon the birth of our Saviour, but actually studying through Scripture what was the reason for Jesus birth?: why did Jesus come to Earth? why was Jesus born? What was the purpose of his birth?
Our text this morning gives us three clear reasons why the Lord Jesus came to Earth:
- To Fulfill Prophecy (she shall bring forth a son…that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord)
Matthew 1:21a, 22a
(21) And she shall bring forth a son…Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord…
(35) And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
(36) And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
(37) For with God nothing shall be impossible.
(2) But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
(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.
(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.
(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.
1 Timothy 3:16
(16) And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Jesus Christ’s first coming (i.e. his birth) was a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, just like his second coming will be a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy! God keeps his promises!