DECMEMBER 9: “Prophecies Concerning Christ—THE ANOINTED ONE”
Genesis 3 is the First Place God Tells Us Why He Promised a Savior. Genesis 3 tells how Adam and Eve were tempted by Satan into disobeying God. Until then, no sin had come between God and man.
- Gen 3: 9-10 says, But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” The man replied, “I heard you moving about in the orchard, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.”
- SIN will separate us from God forever unless we can find the way of forgiveness of sin.
At the very moment Adam and Eve became aware of the fatal consequences of sin God gave the first promise of a coming Savior. Genesis 3:15 Because Satan was the tempter, God said to him, And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
The First Great Promise Conveys Gods Mercy and Contains Some Key Points: There would be permanent enmity between Satan and Mankind. The power of Satan would be overcome by a human being. In the process of destroying the power of Satan, the Savior would suffer. The Savior would be “the offspring of the woman” We find the answer in Isaiah 7:14. “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel”.
This prophecy fulfilled in Matthew 1:18-25: Now the birth of Jesus Christ happened this way. While his mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph, her husband to be, was a righteous man, and because he did not want to disgrace her, he intended to divorce her privately. When he had contemplated this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you will name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” This all happened so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet would be fulfilled: “Look! The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and they will call him Emmanuel,” which means “God with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep he did what the angel of the Lord told him. He took his wife, but did not have marital relations with her until she gave birth to a son, whom he named Jesus.
- Linking the promises “offspring of the woman” in Genesis 3with Isaiah’s prophecy about a child born of a virgin clearly points to the birth of Jesus Christ.
The Second Promise I want us to look at is found in the story of Abraham. Genesis17:19-21: God said, “No, Sarah your wife is going to bear you a son, and you will name him Isaac. I will confirm my covenant with him as a perpetual covenant for his descendants after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you. I will indeed bless him, make him fruitful, and give him a multitude of descendants. He will become the father of twelve princes; I will make him into a great nation. But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this set time next year.”
- Abraham had sons through Hagar, Sarah and through Keturah. Here God makes it clear that the promised blessing would flow out to the world through Abraham’s son Isaac.
- The same thing was true in the life of Isaac who had two sons, Esau and Jacob. God revealed that Jacob would inherit the promises as the channel of Divine blessing.
Promise found in Gen 28: 13-14…Jacob had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.
When Jesus the Christ was born, Luke 2:10-11 says, The angel announced that this momentous event was good news that brings great joy to all the people: Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord.
- The promise of worldwide blessing through Abraham was fulfilled in the Messiah (Christis a Greek word meaning the Messiah.)
2 Samuel 7:12-16 says: When the time comes for you to die, I will raise up your descendant, one of your own sons, to succeed you, and I will establish his kingdom. He will build a house for my name, and I will make his dynasty permanent. I will become his father and he will become my son…Your house and your kingdom will stand before me permanently; your dynasty will be permanent.”
THE PROMISE OF “THE NEW COVENANT”: Jeremiah 31:31 contains the most astonishing prediction ever to be written by a Hebrew prophet. “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah”.
The New Covenant would replace the Old Covenant, Not by Canceling it…BUT By Fulfilling its Purpose…And that Purpose was to Perfect God’s Plan of Salvation for the Forgiveness of Sin for All Mankind…YOU and ME!
What Jeremiah prophesied 600 years earlier, God Fulfilled through His own son, Jesus Christ!
Jesus shared this truth with His Disciples the night He was Betrayed in 1 Cor. 11…The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
- Jeremiahforetold the New Covenant; Jesus introduced it!
- Jeremiahsaid its purpose would be to deal with sin; Jesus said it was for the remission of sins!
- The Old Covenant introduced by Moses, was the LAW…However, Mans Greatest efforts could Not Keep the Law…Sin Remained!
The New Covenant introduced by Jesus, the promised Messiah, Completed the Promise when His Blood was Shed for You, Me and All Mankind as He was Crucified on the Cross!
Your Eternal Hope, Began in a Manger. But a baby in a Manger would Not Achieve God’s Plan for YOU. This Baby had to Grow to become a Man. Live a Sinless Life and then willingly Surrender His Life to Gods Will and Become Obedient to Death on the Cross…Our Salvation was only Completed on the Cross!
POINT: You Will Never Fully Appreciate the Manger Until You See it in the Shadow of the CROSS!