Jesus’ Birth Is The Greatest Love Story Ever

About this Episode

Jesus’ Birth Is The Greatest Love Story Ever is the topic that will be discussed today on RIOT Podcast, a Christian Discipleship Podcast.

(Read Luke 2:1-20)

After the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, God has never stopped loving and pursuing those He calls his own. In fact, God has given His prophets testimony of His divine plan long before Jesus was ever born. Throughout the Old Testament, God could not stop talking about how His Son and that He will save all of humanity from eternal death. Some scholars believe that there are more than 300 prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament. These prophecies are specific enough that the mathematical probability of Jesus fulfilling even a handful of them, let alone all of them, is staggeringly improbable-if not impossible. God, in His infinite Love, has continuously shared with us His plan of Jesus redeeming the whole world from the very beginning.

To put this into perspective- if Jesus would have only fulfilled 8 prophesies that would be 1 in 10 to the 17th power. "Let us try to visualize this chance. If you mark one of ten tickets, and place all of the tickets in a hat, and thoroughly stir them, and then ask a blindfolded man to draw one, his chance of letting the right ticket is one in ten. Suppose that we take 10 to the 17th power silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They will cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state.

Then blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man.

Not only was Christ's miraculous birth prophetically revealed, but God planned his lineage from the very beginning. Here are 8 Prophecies predicting elements of Jesus' birth and childhood.

1. THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED THROUGH ABRAHAM'S LINEAGE
Prophecy: I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you. (Genesis 12:3)

Fulfillment: "And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, 'Through your offspring, all peoples on earth will be blessed.' When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways" (Acts 3:25-26)

2. GOD'S COVENANT WITH ISAAC'S ANCESTORS
Prophecy: Then God said, 'Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him" (Genesis 19:19)

Fulfillment: "Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham's children. On the contrary, 'It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned" (Romans 9:7)

3. THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED THROUGH JACOB'S OFFSPRING
Prophecy: "Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring" (Genesis 28:14)

Fulfillment: Judah was the son of Jacob. Jacob was the son of Isaac. Isaac was the son of Abraham. Abraham was the son of Terah. Terah was the son of Nahor (Luke 3:34)

4. DAVID'S OFFSPRING WILL HAVE AN ETERNAL KINGDOM
Prophecy: "When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever" (2 Samuel 7:12-13)

Fulfillment: "This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham" (Matthew 1:1)

5. A VIRGIN WILL GIVE BIRTH, AND HE WILL BE CALLED EMMANUEL (GOD WITH US)
Prophecy: "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14)

Fulfillment: "The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God" (Luke 1:35)

6. THE MESSIAH WILL END UP IN EGYPT
Prophecy: "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son" (Hosea 11:1)

Fulfillment: "So he [Joseph] got up, took the child and his mother during the night, and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: 'Out of Egypt, I called my son" (Matthew 2:14-15)

7. THE CHRIST WILL BE BORN IN BETHLEHEM
Prophecy: “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf” (Micah 5:2)

Fulfillment: Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet: 'AND YOU, BETHLEHEM, LAND OF JUDAH, ARE BY NO MEANS LEAST AMONG THE LEADERS OF JUDAH; FOR OUT OF YOU SHALL COME FORTH A RULER WHO WILL SHEPHERD MY PEOPLE ISRAEL.'" (Mathew 2:4-6)

8. THE MESSIAH WOULD BE PRECEDED BY A FORERUNNER
Prophecy:A voice is calling, "Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. 4"Let every valley be lifted up, And every mountain and hill be made low And let the rough ground become a plain And the rugged terrain a broad valley. 5 Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, And all flesh will see it together For the mouth of the LORD has spoken. (Isaiah 40:3-5)
Fulfillment: "John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, 'I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, "Make straight the way for the Lord"'" (John1:23)

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