Bible Ballistics: BBs #317 Beautiful Dreamer???
As we think about the coming of Jesus Christ The Lord—The Promised Messiah, joy fills my soul. What an amazing love the Lord God Almighty has for us; that He would send “His only begotten Son” to take on human flesh in order to live in this world and endure the cross for my sin.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
Jesus came into this world because of me—because of my sin, and yours! He came to live a life in flesh and bone, yet a sinless life because He was and is the Son of God—the God, man, Savior! And not only did He come for us, but it was God’s plan even before He created us, since He knew that we would fail, sin and need a redeemer, yet He created us anyway! That is more than I can comprehend!
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,” 1 Peter 1:18-20
God’s plan was always and only Jesus. And in His sovereign majesty and power He sent His Son to die for us. But even more amazing to me, is the fact that He promised Him in more than 300 prophecies of His specific arrival and ministry. I’d like us to look at just one of those today. The promise of “who” Jesus would be! The promise of “what” Jesus would bring. A wonderful promise that Jesus brought to fulfillment at His birth; the promise that Joseph was reminded of as he sought to know how to respond to Mary’s scandalous pregnancy; the promise through which God let him know what he was to do and why. A promise that God had given to Isaiah hundreds of years before, now being fulfilled!
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
Immanuel/Emmanuel was to be a unique person—the Son of God. And Matthew’s account of this event brings us a full understanding of this prophecy through Joseph’s dream.
“And she shall bring forth a son,
and thou shalt call his name Jesus:
for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done,
that it might be fulfilled
which was spoken of the Lord
by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child,
and shall bring forth a son,
and they shall call his name Emmanuel,
which being interpreted is,
God with us.” Matthew 1:21-23
“God with us”!!! Praise The Lord God Almighty—He came that we might have life and not death. And when we will but come to Jesus, Emmanuel, in repentance and faith, we can walk in total confidence, because not only did He come to save—but He lives to keep His own! Call on Him today!
“…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5b