Summary: The reality of the Virgin birth and other prophesies fulfilled by Christ’s birth gives us overwhelming evidence of the power, love and faithfulness of God.
Your Savior is Born: AS PROMISED
If you have spent any time traveling down Hwy 61 between Troy and Wentzville you have probably noticed the signs MODot has placed along the road to mark the various road improvement projects that have been recently undertaken. When MODot starts a new project, a sign goes up announcing the project with a projected completion date. When the road construction project is completed a diagonal strip is placed over the sign with the following phrase proudly displayed: “Completed as Promised”. MODot wants every Missouri taxpayer to know they have been good stewards of the tax funds allocated to them by completing yet another road project AS PROMISED.
If God wanted to take a tip from MODot’s Public Relations firm I guess He could have placed a similar sign over the manger in Bethlehem stating, “Your Savior is Born: AS PROMISED”.
Whenever we read the Christmas story we generally go to Matthew or Luke to read the details given in these two gospels about the birth of Jesus Christ. But the Christmas story as recorded in the Bible actually begins much earlier than that, hundreds of years earlier. Throughout the Old Testament God placed road signs in the writings of various prophets and other OT authors promising sinful man the birth of a Savior.
The first promise of the coming Christ was actually given by God in the very first book of the Old Testament, in Genesis 3:15. In the midst of God’s judgment against Adam and Eve and the serpent for their part in allowing sin to enter into the world, God the Father makes an amazingly gracious promise concerning the coming of His only begotten Son to earth to become our Savior. Speaking to the serpent that allowed Satan to use him to tempt Eve to sin, God proclaims:
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and
her seed; He shall bruise you on the head ,And you shall bruise him on the heel.
In this very first Christmas prophesy, God promised Adam and Eve that a child would be born from a descendant of Eve who would destroy sin’s power over mankind. That promised Messiah was Jesus Christ. At the cross of Jesus, God would deal a death blow to Satan’s head that would be far more deadly than the bruised heal Satan’s hatred would be able to inflict on our Savior. Satan’s hatred would inspire men to bring much suffering upon Jesus. But by raising Jesus from the dead, God the Father would deal a fatal blow against Satan by gaining victory over the power of both death and sin. It is unlikely Adam and Eve recognized the significance of these words and the time God made this pronouncement. But as other Old Testament gave more prophesies the message became clearer.
The Prophet Isaiah, writing nearly 600 years before the birth of Christ, was able to see across the centuries to give an amazingly accurate picture of the birth of our Savior. Listen to the words of prophesy recorded in Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin