An elderly couple was spending the night alone at home. The gentleman glanced up from his newspaper, looked over at his wife, who had become a Christian several months prior and saw her sitting across from him, reading her bible. He asked, “Aren’t you through with that book yet?”
The Bible isn’t a one-time read, nor is the Christmas story that it contains! It has kernels of truth that pop each time it is read. Recently I experienced this in the first two chapters in the book of Matthew. I began to notice the phrase “that it might be fulfilled” used repeatedly, speaking of the prophecies of the Old Testament.
It first occurred when the angel Gabriel brought the message to virgin Mary that she was to bear the Savior. “Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel. “ (Isaiah 7:14) Next it happens when The Wisemen come to Bethlehem. “But you Bethlehem in the land of Judah are not the least among the rulers. For out of you shall come a ruler who will shepherd My people Israel.” (Micah 5:2) followed by Mary and Joseph’s flight to Egypt.
“Out of Egypt I called My Son.” (Hosea 11:1) Next Herod’s cruel response of killing male children under two years of age was prophesied. “A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted because they were no more.”(Jeremiah 31:15) then finally when Christ’s family settles in Nazareth. “He shall be called a Nazarene.” (Judges 13:5)
There are over thirty specific Old Testament prophecies that are fulfilled in Christ’s birth, written hundreds of years prior! These are examples of promises fulfilled by a God who has a grand plan to redeem His people. No other story can compare! This same God has a plan for your life that it might be fully filled. Christmas causes completion. Your Creator can bring fulfillment to your soul through Jesus, His Son, and His greatest gift to mankind.