From the beginning of biblical history, God had a plan of redemption: a promised Savior for sinful man (Genesis 3:15). For centuries, devout Jews regularly searched the Old Testament prophecies in the hopes of understanding when and where this Savior, their Messiah, would appear.
God’s Plan of Redemption
One of these prophecies came from the book of Isaiah: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) The basic theme of this book is found in Isaiah’s name, which means “salvation is of the Lord.” The word “salvation” appears 26 times in Isaiah, but only 7 times in all the other prophets combined.
In the first 39 chapters of Isaiah, man is pictured as being in great need of salvation—a salvation that is of God, not man. Isaiah describes God as the supreme Ruler, the sovereign Lord of history, and man’s only Savior. Then in a dramatic shift, the last 27 chapters portray God as being faithful to His covenant by preserving a godly remnant and providing salvation and deliverance through the coming Messiah.
The fact that the Messiah is to be both a suffering servant and a sovereign Lord would not be understood until Jesus’ time on earth. This Savior is to come out of Judah and will accomplish redemption and restoration with universal blessing for both Jews and Gentiles in His future kingdom.
In the “fullness of time”—God’s time—a star appeared in the sky. Wise men from the East, in Persia, recognized this bright star as the fulfillment of a prophecy: “A Star shall come out of Jacob; a Scepter shall rise out of Israel” (Numbers 24:17).
They then began the long journey to find this King whose arrival had been predicted long ago, “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.” (Isaiah 9:6)
The appearance of this star and the birth of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus, were the culmination of thousands of years of anticipation. Jesus’ coming to earth as the Savior was the fulfillment of the covenant promises that were made to Israel that shape the structure of the Old Testament. From this point onward, the rest of history would revolve around the brief years that Jesus Christ lived among us.
God’s Salvation for You
God’s judgment is coming, and you too need a Savior.
You cannot save yourself. Christ’s perfect sacrifice for your sins is foretold and pictured in Isaiah. Just as Isaiah foretold, Christ came in the flesh and paid the price for sin in His death. With His resurrection, He is now willing to save all those who turn from their sin and come to Him.
Have you committed yourself to Him? If you have experienced His salvation, continue to be faithful and live in anticipation of His soon return.
It is impossible to treat Jesus as merely another man! He is unique. He is the Promised One who, through His birth, death, and resurrection, brings us into a relationship with God when we believe in Him. This, my friend, is the true meaning of Christmas!
Dear Lord, thank You for fulfilling Your plan of redemption for the world. Jesus is the best gift for all time. Amen.
Take time to memorize Isaiah 9:6 over this month: “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.”
Jesus is the Promised One who, through His birth, death, and resurrection, brings us into a relationship with God when we believe in Him.