Christmas From Matthew, Pt. 8

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.  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.  Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 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.

Matthew 1:20-23

As we look at the Christmas story from the book of Matthew, we see many different specific things about the birth of Jesus.  All of those things were done specifically “…that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet…”

There are many prophecies in the Old Testament about the coming of the Saviour.  All of those prophecies had to be fulfilled perfectly.  If they were not all fulfilled perfectly, it would cast doubt on the entire Old Testament.  If one prophecy were wrong, what else might be wrong?  If one prophecy went unfulfilled, what still future prophecy might go unfulfilled?  If the prophecies surrounding Jesus’ birth, life and death were even a little off, it would cast a serious doubt on the entire Bible.  Fortunately, none of them were wrong, none of them went unfulfilled, and none of them were even a “little off.”  They were all fulfilled, and they were all fulfilled perfectly.

We can rejoice in the Saviour this year at Christmas because we can have complete confidence in the Word of God.  It is perfect and we rest in it!

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