- Advent is the season in which the Church celebrates the coming of the Messiah into the world, an event that was prophesied for over 4,000 years prior to the birth of Jesus Christ.
- In Genesis 3:15 God reveals that the Messiah would be of the seed of a woman. This was significant because every other human is of the seed of a man, but the Messiah would have no biological, earthly father.
- In Genesis 12 God makes a covenant with Abraham, telling him that he would become the father of a great nation and through his offspring all the peoples of the world would be blessed.
- In Genesis 49:10 when Jacob (Israel) blesses his sons it is revealed that Judah would be the tribe of kings and through his line the Messiah would ultimately come.
- In 2 Samuel 7 God tells David that the throne of his offspring would be established forever. The Messiah, Jesus, was from the line of David (Matthew 1).
- In Micah 5:2 God reveals that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem and he would be “from of old, from ancient times”. Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Matthew 2) and he declared his divine origin (John 8:58) as the Ancient of Days.
- In Isaiah 7:14 God tells the house of David (king Ahaz) that the Messiah would be born of a virgin and would be given the name, Immanuel, meaning, “God is with us”.
- All of these prophecies were fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. God had foretold His plan for the salvation of the world going back to the Garden of Eden. And as the apostle Paul records in Galatians 4:4, “But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth his son”.
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