Before Jesus was born, there were several prophesies, or predictions, about his birth. I know we sometimes see a lot of scripture and then just skip it. These prophesies are so neat to see. I would encourage you to read them, and really reflect of them today. Reflect on all the details of who God said Jesus would be before he was even born.
The Shoot from the Stump of Jesse
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge And the fear of the Lord.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
But with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
And he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins. Isaiah 11:1-5
The Prince of Peace
For to us a child is born, to us a child is given;
And the government shall be on his shoulder,
And his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
There will be no end,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it
With justice and with righteousness
From this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
A Gentle Shepherd
He will tend his flock like a shephard;
He will gather the lambs in his arms;
He will carry them in his bosom,
And gently lead those that are with young.
The Suffering Servant
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
Yet he opened not his mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
And like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
So he opened not his mouth.
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.
Do these descriptions and prophesies match the descriptions of the Jesus we knew him to be?