John 7:52 – They answered him, “You are not also from Galilee, are you? Search, and see that no prophet arises out of Galilee.” The first century Jewish leaders held their scriptures – our Old Testament – in high regard. However, they missed the best part of those scriptures’ message: the true nature of the coming Messiah. They got Jesus’ birth place right (see Matthew 2:4-6). They knew that as Son of David the Christ was to be born in Bethlehem, but they missed a key prophecy from the Old Testament prophet who wrote the most prophecies of all. The Prophet Isaiah lived more than 700 years before the First Christmas yet gave many prophecies about the coming of the Christ that were given in so much incredible detail that there is no way Jesus could have fulfilled them by chance or even by his own effort to try and seem like the Christ. The only realistic explanation is that he was the Christ prophesied by Isaiah and many other Old Testament prophets and writers hundreds of years before he came. Isaiah Chapter Nine contains several of these. Verse One prophesied the exact location his ministry would begin: the Land of Galilee, which was part of the Old Testament tribal land of Naphtali. The Jerusalem-based leaders described in John 7 and 8 had a real snobbery against the low-life Gallileans. That is why the responded the way they did above not realizing that if they had taken to time to study the scriptures, they would have found Isaiah Nine fulfilled that challenge and told not only where the Christ was to come from but also what he was to be like and what he would do.