This is part of a short series of meditations for the days leading up to Christmas.
As we approach Christmas Day, it’s good to remind ourselves that Jesus’ birth was not an afterthought or a panic measure by God. He had it planned from before the creation of the world. The first mention is in Genesis 3 v 15, as the serpent is told the consequences of the fall of Adam.
The prophecy of Isaiah more than any other in the Old Testament gives specific details of the birth of Christ. Here are three examples:
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7 v 14
This child, to be born of a virgin, was to be Immanuel, which means God with us.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah 9 v 6 – 7
He was to be great in every respect – the greatest. He was to be THE King, bringing in a kingdom of justice and righteousness – following in the line of David but in complete perfection.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. Isaiah 11 v 1
And this is to confirm that his ancestry was indeed that of Jesse – King David’s father.
All of these were fulfilled in the incarnation of Jesus, as we shall see in the coming days. Let’s take time to meditate on these verses, and thank God that he had all the details planned.