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The Jews were waiting for the Messiah to come.
There were many prophecies in the Old Testament. It was like a checklist for the true Messiah.
Jesus Christ fulfilled each and every one of these prophesies.
Here are 10 Messianic prophesies fulfilled with the birth of Christ.
Seed of Woman
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15 NKJV)
The first prophesy about the Messiah is in Genesis 3:15 when God cursed the snake.
The seed of the women is a veiled specification for a virgin birth.
Satan will bruised Jesus’ heel by the suffering Jesus had to go through, but Jesus crushed Satan on the cross and rising from the dead.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, (Galatians 4:4 ESV)
Descendant of Abraham
I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3 KNJV)
Genesis 12:3 is the second prophesy in the Old Testament concerning the Messiah.
It speaks of a spiritual blessing that will come through Abraham.
The Messiah had to be a descendant of Abraham for the covenant promises to be fulfilled.
In Matthew 1:1 the genealogy of Jesus Christ begins and it confirms the fulfilment of the Messiah being a descendant of Abraham.
Descendant of Isaac
Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him. (Genesis 17:19 NKJV)
Abraham had many children.
Genesis 17:19 specified the specific child of Abraham, Isaac, that the Messiah would be a descendant of.
The genealogy in Luke 3:34 confirmed that Jesus was the descendant of Isaac, the son of Abraham.
Descendant of Jacob
I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near;
A Star shall come out of Jacob;
A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and batter the brow of Moab, and destroy all the sons of tumult. (Numbers 24:17 NKJV)
Balaam was hired by Balak, the King of Moab to curse Israel. He tried but God used Balaam’s mouth to bless Israel instead of cursing them.
Numbers 24:17 is part of the fourth blessing that Balaam spoke.
He saw a vision of the Messiah; like a Star radiant and beautiful and like a Scepter powerful and majestic, victorious over His enemies, including Moab.
Isaac had twins, Jacob and Esau. The prophecy foretold that the Messiah was a descendant of Jacob.
Matthew 1:2 confirmed that Jesus was a descendant of Jacob.
Tribe of Judah
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people. (Genesis 49:10 NKJV)
Jacob blessed his 12 sons before he died.
Genesis 49:10 is part of the blessing he spoke over Judah.
In the blessing Jacob gave Judah the rights of the firstborn, the blessings of the covenant promise God made to Abraham and his descendants. Judah’s descendants would live in a more superior position than his brothers. This came partially in fulfilment with the royal line of King David.
Shiloh means to whom it belongs, referring to the coming Messiah.
Luke 3:32-33 and Matthew 1:2 confirmed that Jesus was from the tribe of Judah.
Heir David’s Throne
Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:7 NKJV)
Part of the covenant God made with David was that David would have a son for whom God would establish a kingdom forever. There would always be a male from his descendants that would rule.
He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:32–33 NKJV)
Jesus was a descendant of the royal line of David.
Born of a Virgin
Isaiah 7:14 prophesied that the Messiah will be born of a virgin.
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.
And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. (Luke 1:26-27, 30-31 ESV)
Born in Bethlehem
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. (Micah 5:2 ESV)
Caesar Augustus sent out a decree that the entire world should be registered.
Joseph and Mary had to travel to Bethlehem to be registered.
When they arrived there, there was no room in the inn. Mary was pregnant and Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem.
Slaughter of Children
Thus says the Lord: “A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.” (Jeremiah 31:15 NKJV)
When King Herod realized that he was deceived by the wise men, because the Lord had warned them not to go back to King Herod and tell him about the baby Jesus, he decreed that all boys to the age of 2 years old, in Bethlehem should be slaughtered.
According to the information the wise men had given King Herod when they were still looking for baby Jesus, he knew that Jesus was about 2 years old.
Flight to Egypt
“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son. (Hosea 11:1 NKJV)
God warned Joseph in a dream that their lives were in danger and to go to Egypt. Joseph got up and fled with his family to Egypt where they stayed until the death of King Herod.
There are many more Messianic prophecies that were fulfilled through Jesus Christ.