Did you know that there were over 300 prophecies mentioned in the Old Testament that Jesus fulfilled through His life, death, and resurrection? This number is huge, and the odds of all of these actually being fulfilled were astronomical, however, Jesus fulfilled each and every one of them! Naturally, that is who Jesus simply is: the Covenantal Keeper. Our God never fails, and certainly never failed to keep the prophecies He conveyed through prophets by means of the Holy Spirit. Christmas, likewise, is one of the prophecies that was fulfilled in Christ.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”Isaiah 7:4 ESV
“The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”Isaiah 9:2-7 ESV
Christmas was anticipated long before it was ever established as a holiday. It was prophesied by Isaiah, and foretold the birth of Jesus who would be called Emmanuel (God with us). He is the Word who became flesh (John 1:14 ESV), and the Savior of the world. Christmas is about the fulfillment of the prophecy of God sending His Son to defeat sin and darkness for all eternity, and that is exactly why we should be joyous during its season.
Throughout this Christmas season, rejoice knowing that Jesus has come to earth as fully man and fully God as the incarnate Son. He is salvation, and in Him there is “forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:14 ESV). Take time throughout these next few weeks to praise and thank God for being faithful to His prophecies, and for being faithful to you. Spend time reading His Word, engaging in fellowship, and rejoicing in the miraculous birth of Christ.