God’s prophets were silent, but His people were in turmoil. One foreign nation after another had ruled over Israel: Persia, Greece, Rome. All of Scripture promised a victorious king would come, so some expected a conquering king who would throw the foreigners out. But God’s promise was different.
He promised a king born of a virgin in the lowly town of Bethlehem. The prophet Elijah would prepare the hearts of His people to receive Him. He would enter the seat of power, Jerusalem, riding on a donkey. No wrong would be found in Him. He would rule as a shepherd king. He would be Immanuel, “God with us.” He would be rejected by His own people, killed, and then raised from the dead to defeat Satan, sin, and death. He would sit on the throne of David and rule forever, and the obedience of the nations would make atonement for all the sin of His land and His people, blessing all the nations. He would restore us to peace, to the Garden, to the world He meant for us.
If this had been written by one man, it would be easily dismissed as fiction or fantasy. But the promise of God came through the testimony of many people and all of them point to Messiah.
Prayer: Thank You for promising, and giving, me the salvation I cannot live without. Amen.
As We Wait: As you prepare to celebrate Messiah’s birth, pray for those who still hear Satan’s whisper, “Did God really say a Savior would come?”