PowerWords: The Light of Christmas

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.

Source: PowerWords: The Light of Christmas

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  1. Yes, they had a said reverence for the Scriptures, but Jesus confronted them about their unbelief, saying if they had believed Moses they would have believed Him. This is much the was a said “faith” works today. Saying some right things but denying the power of what is said. May Christ build us up on our most holy faith. Amen!

    For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? John 5:46-47

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