In Matthew chapter 1 verse 18-25 we are given the birth of Jesus Christ, a story most are quite familiar, or are we? Matthew, a converted tax collector uses his pin to give us an extremely important history lesson as to Jesus entrance into humanity. He painstakingly through out his gospel examines the many Old Testament prophecies with regards to the coming of the Messiah. There are over 300 prophecies in the O.T. about the First Coming of Jesus, many of which are repetitious of each other. When you cut all those duplicates out, you are left with 108 specific prophecies, all fulfilled by Jesus of Nazareth. Of those 108 fulfilled prophecies 39 of them appear in the book of Matthew, more than any other book. In a book titled “Science Speaks” by Peter Stoner, he calculated the odds of any one man that has ever lived fulfilling just 8 of those specific prophecies as 1 in 10 to the 17th power. He then looked at 48 prophecies and the odds were 1 in 10 to the 157 power. Of all of these Prophecies perhaps the most important of all is the virgin birth, for truly only one person in all of history fulfilled this one, Jesus.
The truth behind these prophecies reminds of a story I heard about the first radio broadcast transmitted to America from England 1936. Just before the voice of King Edward VIII was to be heard, someone stumbled over a wire in the control room of WABC, New York and snapped the only line of communication between the two great countries. The engineers were frantic, with only a few moments remaining before they were to go on air, when a quick-thinking apprentice grasped the two broken ends of the wire and bridged the gap. Seconds later the King addressed the nation and in a real sense, his words were being transmitted through the body of that man! That’s the story of the birth of Christ, Gods words being transmitted through the body of the man Jesus, He alone is that bridge!
Donna and I want to wish a very Merry Christmas, and we will hopefully see you this Sunday the 25th at 10:AM as we celebrate Jesus’ birth together! This had been Pastor Dale, Blessings!