To Fulfill Prophecy
Text: Matthew 1:18-24, 2:16-23, Isaiah 7:14, Jeremiah 31:15
The story found in these first two chapters in Matthew are very familiar to most. Even those who have little to no background or knowledge of scripture, know the story of Jesus’ birth. But I think that is where this story gets lost and becomes just a story. We forget that Jesus didn’t just happen to be at a random point in history. God didn’t just decide that Mary and Joseph would “do” as earthly parents or that Bethlehem would be as good a place as any. These details were set by God the moment that sin entered into the world! He knew at that moment that we would need a Savior. We would need redemption from the first sin and all the other sins in between. So God made a detailed plan. A perfect plan. A plan without flaw. His plan was crafted and weaved into the lives of all who came before Christ. I know that we scan over those sections of scripture that list the genealogies. You know what I am talking about…all those, “so and so begat so and so.” Oh my! We could all easily fall asleep reading through those. But do you know the reason God put them in there? It was so there would be an undeniable record of Jesus’ lineage. And not only did God include those “begats,” He also included the prophets foretelling of a virgin birth, in the town of Bethlehem, in a stable where the King of Kings was laid in a feed box. Oh to know the love that our God must have to do so much work to ensure that our salvation could be. Oh what love our Jesus must have had to come in the manner that He did to fulfill what the prophets foretold hundreds of years prior to his coming. We have heard it said that many expected him to come as a King, clothed in riches, demanding the respect he deserved. But how would He have fulfilled the prophecy if he had come that way? Simply put, he wouldn’t. So He came, exactly as the prophets said He would. Exactly as God planned it to be. Exactly as we, the sinners, needed Him to.