In this final week of 2015 perhaps it is good to think of some of the probing questions the Lord asked. Your answers may be quite revealing?
"Where are you?" - Genesis 3:9 NKJV
That's what God asked when He came into the Garden of Eden shortly after Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit?
Where are you?
"Where is your faith?" - Luke 8:25 NKJV
The question implies: Where are you placing your faith?
"Ask! What shall I give you?" - 1 Kings 3:5 NKJV
This is what God asked Solomon. He makes a similar offer in Matthew 7:7. What would you want?
"What do you want Me to do for you?" - Luke 18:41 NKJV
A blind man came to Jesus and this is what Jesus asked him. What do you want Jesus to do for you?
"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord' and not do the things I say?" - Luke 6:46 NKJV
Do you often pray, "Dear Lord..."? If you call Him "Lord", is He?
Jesus was promised by God to "save His people from their sins." We see this with the first mention of salvation in the Bible:
Genesis 3:15 NKJV - (God speaking to the serpent) - "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He shall bruise your head, and you will bruise His heel." This "Seed" would be fulfilled in Jesus.
Matthew 1:21 NKJV - (The Angel speaking to Joseph) - "And she will bring for a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will saved His people from their sins."
Before Jesus was born there were several other children who were promised to fulfill God's promise in Genesis 3:15. (This is not an exhaustive study).
Genesis 4:25 NKJV - "And Adam knew his wife again and she bore a son and named him Seth. 'For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel..." Seth was the ancestor of Noah, or Abraham, and ultimately, of Jesus. Seth was the next child of Eve to establish the genealogical line to Jesus.
Genesis 17:19 NKJV - "Then God said:...Sarah your wife shall bear a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish My covenant with Him..." Isaac was a direct descendant of Abraham and would establish the Messianic line to Christ.
Genesis 25:21 NKJV - "Now Isaac pleaded with the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his plead."
The child promised was Jacob who would continue the Messianic line.
II Samuel 7:12 NKJV- (God speaking to King David) - "When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish His kingdom forever." Solomon was the first child to bring this kingly line to Jesus.
THREE MORE PROPHECIES RELATING TO CHRIST'S BIRTH
Prophecy: Christ from the Seed of the Woman - Genesis 3:15 NKJV - "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel."
Fulfillment: Galatians 4:4 NKJV - "But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law."
Prophecy: Christ from the Seed of Abraham - Genesis 22:18 NKJV - "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."
Fulfillment: Galatians 3:16 NKJV - "Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, 'And to seeds,' as of many, but as of one, 'And to your Seed,' who is Christ."
Prophecy: Christ from the Seed of David - 2 Samuel 7:12 NKJV - "When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish His kingdom forever."
Fulfillment: Romans 1:3 NKJV - "Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh."
THREE PROPHECIES RELATING TO CHRIST'S BIRTH (more next week)
Prophecy: Christ's Virgin Birth - Isaiah 7:14 NKJV – “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
Fulfillment: Matthew 1:22,23 NKJV – “So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name, Immanuel, which is translated, God with us.’”
Prophecy: Christ's Humanity and Kingdom - Isaiah 9:6,7 NKJV – “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever…”
Fulfillment: Luke 1:31,32 NKJV – “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His Father David.”
Prophecy: Christ's Place of Birth - Micah 5:2 NKJV - "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting."
Fulfillment: Matthew 2:4-6 NKJV - "...where the Christ was to be born. So they said to him, 'In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it was written by the prophets: But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you shall come a Ruler who will shepherd My people Israel.'"