In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: 11 Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped tightly in cloth and lying in a manger.”
But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed.
In this way God fulfilled what he had predicted through all the prophets—that his Messiah would suffer. Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send Jesus, who has been appointed for you as the Messiah.
Almost a millennium and a half prior to the birth of Jesus, God began to reveal to His people about a coming Savior. There are over 574 verses referring directly to our Messiah, with more than 65 are prophecies of His coming. This is the most central theme in all of the Old Testament.
The word “Messiah” took its meaning from a Jewish practice of anointing their priests and kings. But this term takes on a completely new sense to the future King who would be sent from God to sit on the throne of David forever. He is the One God identifies many years ahead of His arrival in Daniel, Isaiah, and Psalms.
The Messiah’s coming was no secret, but a repeated revelation of God to His people. Unfortunately, they were too concerned with their customs and rituals to see His arrival. Christ came just as predicted, born of a virgin. Not in a palace, but in the most humble of places a cave. One meant for livestock, not gold. The Jewish people had their own perception of what the Messiah would look like and where He would come from. They were expecting a ruler king to save them from the Romans. Instead, He is Savior King come to rule eternally and deliver us from sin.
Prayer & Reflection:
Father, it is wonderful news that we have Your word to cling to. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn of the blessed Messiah, Jesus Christ, from Your word. He has come to grant repentance that leads to salvation for all who call upon His name. Blessed be His name!