The Christ Child
By Jennifer Devlin
Promises are made every day. Unfortunately, though, we break our word far too easily when things get tough or we change our minds. God, on the other hand, keeps all of His promises. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8).
Starting in the days of Adam and Eve, God promised to send a Savior for mankind—a Redeemer to bring us into right relationship with our heavenly Father. This Redeemer is Jesus Christ, who came to the world in the human form of a little child but left 33 years later as risen Lord and victor over the grave.
The Old Testament believers had many prophetic promises of how and why the coming Messiah would enter humanity, including:
His arrival on earth:
- As a child (Isa. 9:6; fulfilled in Luke 2:11)
- Born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14; fulfilled in Matt. 1:18-23; Luke 1:26-35)
- Born in the town of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2-5; fulfilled in Matt. 2:1-6)
- Firstborn son (Ex. 13:2; fulfilled in Luke 2:7, 23; John 3:16; Col. 1:15)
His family line:
- The tribe of Judah (Gen. 49:8-10; Micah 5:2; fulfilled in Matt. 1:1-3; Heb. 7:14; Rev. 5:5)
- David’s line, as a king (Isa. 9:7; 2 Sam. 7:12-13; fulfilled in Matt. 1:1)
- As the Seed of Abraham (Gen. 17:7-8, 26: 3-4; fulfilled in Matt. 1:1, 17; Gal. 3:16; Heb. 2:16)
- As the Seed of Isaac (Gen. 17:19; 21:12; 26:2-4; fulfilled in Matt. 1:2; Rom. 9:7; Heb. 11:17-19)
His eternal nature:
- Offspring of a woman, yet able to “bruise the serpent’s head”—relaying the truth that Jesus would defeat Satan (Gen. 3:15; fulfilled in Gal. 4:4; Heb. 2:14).
- His never-ending reign as king on the throne of David (Isa. 9:7).
Questions for Reflection:
- Do you find it difficult to connect the truth of Jesus’ birth to His subsequent completed work on the cross?
- Consider the fact that Jesus is both the eternal king on David’s throne and a human descendant of Abraham and Isaac. How does this truth change your perspective? What does it say about the plans and purposes of God?