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Prophecies about Jesus that came true-1


2021-11-08 5906

 

(Sujith Mangala De Silva and Rumi Speelberg)

 

The Holy Bible is divided into two major Testaments called the Old Testament and the New Testament.  Jesus’ story starts in the New Testament. Jesus is believed to be the son of the God, the Almighty who created this world which is the base of the Christian ideology.

The Old Testament is written by various individuals who got the directions and the wisdom from God. These individuals who were in various occupations were not interconnected with each other and they wrote on their own under the direct guidance from God.

What is the wonder in the Holy Bible is the predictions given by the writers of the Old Testament about Jesus' birth with clear descriptions about Jesus. These predictions which came prior to his birth are called   prophecies. Biblical prophecies are anything but vague, detailing everything from the place and manner of Jesus’ birth to the way he would die thousands of years before the birth of Jesus. Hence these prophecies made by the writers of the Old Testament which came true in the New Testament clearly demonstrate that the Bible isn’t merely the work of Historians and Poets and the writers were guided by someone who could see the future. Hence the Christian ideology about God cannot be ignored as a mere myth.

The writers who predicted the future events are called Prophets. Will see how these Prophets wrote prophesies about Jesus. The name of Jesus was titled as Messiah and Immanuel in these prophecies.

 The place of Jesus’ birth

“ But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days”

Prophesized by Micah 5:2 in the Old Testament

700 years before Jesus’ birth, the Prophet Micah spoke of a King who would come out of the town of Bethlehem, and whose coming forth would be from old, even “from ancient days.” The last phrase there could be translated, “from the days of eternity.” Here Micah foresaw that this eternally existing one would be born in Bethlehem. According to the New Testament Jesus was born in Bethlehem where the Prophet Micah’s prophecy came true.

Confirmed by Matthew 2:1 in the New Testament

 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, the Wise men] from the east came to Jerusalem

Confirmed by Luke 2:4-6 in the New Testament

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,

The manner of his birth.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 

Prophesied by Isaiah 7:14 in the Old Testament

Prophet Isaiah’s ministry commenced hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus and he foresaw that the Messiah’s birth would be miraculous. A virgin would be conceived out of a sexual relationship with a male and bear a son who would be called Immanuel, which means “God with us.”

But why was he born of a virgin? The virgin birth highlights that it is wholly a work of God. In the Old Testament, there were few births given by barren females who were very old and could not give birth to a child. They were conceived as a promise given by God either to their husbands or directly to them. 

 

·         Sara was barren before she conceived Isaac (Genesis) 11:29-30)

·         Rebekah was barren before she conceived Jacob (Genesis 25:21-26)

·         Rachel was barren before she bore Joseph (Genesis 30:22-24)

·         Samson’s mother was barren before she bore him (Judg 13:2-3 )

·         Hannah was barren before she conceived Samuel (1 Sam 1:1-2).

 

The virgin birth is very important for another reason, too. Because Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit (Matt 1:18) since if he was conceived as a result of a sexual relationship, he will not have a perfect formation since Adam and Eve lost this gift given by God by disobeying his advice. If Jesus did not inherit this perfect formation, he could not pay the ransom by his blood for the initial sin committed by Adam and Eve.

Confirmed by Mathew 1:22, 23 in the New Testament 

“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”).

 

(Will continue in a future article )  

 

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