2005-12-07 - Who Could Fill These Sandals?
Part 1 - Originally Published 1997-12-03
If I was I betting man, I would wager you a small sum that you will receive at least one Christmas Card this year with the verse Micah 5:2 on the card. A great verse, no doubt. But think about it, just who is this Baby that was born in Bethlehem, and gee, lots of babies were born in Bethlehem. What's the big deal? What I am saying is, just because Jesus was born in Bethlehem, does that make Him the Savior? If you are just investigating Christ and Christianity you might say, "Come on, give me more evidence." Glad you asked. Sure, the probability of one man fulfilling one prophecy is pretty high. Tens of thousands of people were born in Bethlehem since Micah 5:2. Over the next few weeks, let's look at over fifty other prophecies fulfilled by this baby we call Jesus. Let's see how many people can meet all these requirements to be our Lord and Savior.
He is to be born in Bethlehm
Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are too small to be among the army groups from Judah, from you will come one who will rule Israel for me. He comes from very old times, from days long ago.
He is to be a descendant of Abraham
Genesis 22:18 Through your descendants all the nations on the earth will be blessed, because you obeyed me."
He is to be a descendant of David
Psalm 132:11 The LORD made a promise to David, a sure promise that he will not take back. He promised, "I will make one of your descendants rule as king after you.
He is to be from the Tribe of Judah
Genesis 49:10 Kings will come from Judah's family; someone from Judah will always be on the throne. Judah will rule until Shiloh comes, and the nations will obey him.
He is to be from Nazareth
Matthew 2:22-23 After being warned in a dream, he went to the area of Galilee, 23 to a town called Nazareth, and lived there. And so what God had said through the prophets came true: "He will be called a Nazarene."
I made an A in Statistics in College, and it seems to me, that one man fulfilling just these five prophecies is pretty incredible, and statistically the probability must be getting close to 1 in at least several million that one man could fit this bill. If I had more data, we could figure it; maybe one of our readers will do that! But there is more! And the more Jesus fulfills, the more likely He is the Anointed One.
He is to be born of a virgin, and His name will be Immanuel
Isaiah 7:14 The Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be pregnant. She will have a son, and she will name him Immanuel.
He is to go to Egypt, then return to Israel
Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and I called my son out of Egypt.
Young babies are to die, in an attempt to kill Jesus at His birth
Jeremiah 31:15 This is what the LORD says: "A voice was heard in Ramah of painful crying and deep sadness: Rachel crying for her children. She refused to be comforted, because her children are dead!"
Next week we will look at some more evidence to narrow the odds down even further, to see that only Jesus Christ could fill the sandals of our Lord and Savior.
Father, keep pressing on us the desire to know your Son Jesus better. Press us not to just know about Him, but to really Know Him. Father, we praise You and thank You for sending us the most undeserved and most wonderful gift ever to be so freely given, Your Son Jesus Christ, in HIS name we pray, Amen
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