Sunday, December 20, 2009

Thank you for the prophecies...

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14, NIV)

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” (Micah 5:2, NIV)

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9:2, NIV)

“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 increase 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, NIV)

Father, thank you for sending word ahead of time through your prophets that Jesus was coming. Thank you for telling us who he was and what he would be like, for letting us know that he was God with us and that he would reign on David’s throne forever. Thanks too for the confirmation centuries in advance of his birthplace and of his mother’s purity.

Some say the virgin birth isn’t important, but I know that it is. If Jesus wasn’t born of a virgin, he is not the one you said would come. Fulfilled prophecy is proof enough for me that he is who he claimed to be: your Son. I’m glad you told us before hand so we could recognize him and put our faith in him. And thank you for the justice and righteousness that Jesus has established. Your wrath is satisfied. I have a right standing with you. Thank you.

Your child, Mike

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