The Bible proves itself. From the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation, the Divine inspiration of the scriptures is recognizable through its prophecies. Detailed descriptions of future events are found all through the Bible. Many of these predictions, written hundreds of years in advance, have come true with shocking detail. and others are coming to pass even now. No other book can claim to be the Word of God with convincing proofs like this one.
So, how did people know to look for a Messiah, in the first place? The Bible is a book of prophecy. It gave much detail about Him long before He was ever born. It even quotes Moses saying that a prophet would come who was like him, a deliverer: [Deuteronomy 18:15: Luke 24:25-27]
Bible Prophecy Tells of the Coming Messiah
He would be born of a virgin. [Isaiah 7:14]
He would come from Bethlehem. [Micah 5:2]
He would be of the line of David and the Son of God. [Isaiah 9:6,7]
He would die for our sins. [Isaiah 53]
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this. Isaiah 9: 6,7
Evil King Herod of Bible times believed the scriptures and feared it to the point that, when he heard that the Messiah had been born, he sent out a hit-squad to kill him. Yes, Herod was afraid of a tiny little baby.
The Magi [the 3 wisemen] were watching the stars for a sign. They likely knew by reputation that the Hebrew scriptures held the keys to the future. That is how they knew to look for him. The Messiah’s birth was a huge big deal and they devoted themselves to finding Him.
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So there He was – baby Jesus – born in Bethlehem, just as the scriptures said. His first bed was a humble hay-filled manger in a stable. A star was set in the sky by God to mark the spot. Angels appeared in the heavenlies, glorifying God for the greatness of that holy day. Upon hearing the news from those heavenly messengers, shepherds left their flocks to go see for themselves.
And so the story of the greatest rescue operation of all time – even greater than Moses and the parting of the Red Sea [Exodus 14] – had begun. Planned from the foundation of time and told far in advance of its happening, Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost. [Luke 19:10] A marvelous mystery to many. A love story beyond belief – but true! And it all began on one holy night.
One of my favorite little books tells the reader where in the Bible you can find these prophetic words. It is Sid Roth’s life story “There Must Be Something More.” Sid tells of his failed search for success and happiness, his near-death through his involvement in the occult and then the BIG discovery that Jesus Christ is Lord. Yes, this Jewish man discovered that Jesus is the Messiah. He found that the Bible is the Word of God and holds the keys to the future of all mankind. [If Sid’s name sounds familiar, by the way, you may have seen him on TV. His show is called “It’s Supernatural.”]