Friday, December 23, 2011

The Glorious Gospel as Proclaimed in the Old Testament

Once recent morning, as I was pondering on the wonder of Jesus Christ coming to earth as a baby, I was directed to the power of the gospel, and how the very fact that Jesus humbled Himself and was born in the lowliest of places is such a marvelous thing. Then I thought about the prophets who prophesied Christ’s coming hundreds of years before, and I wondered how the gospel was proclaimed throughout those prophesies. I turned to Isaiah and Jeremiah and began searching, and this is what I found.

Man's Dilemma:
“For they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 5:24b

God's Promise:
Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: 'The LORD is our righteousness.'  Jer. 33:14-16

Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Jer. 31:31-34

Prophesy of the Messiah:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon 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. Isaiah 9:6-7

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel Isaiah 7:14

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 wisdom and understanding, 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. Isaiah 11:1-4

Death of Christ:
He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:3-6

Author of Salvation:
“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25

You will say in that day: "I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, Your anger turned away, that You might comfort me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation. Isaiah 12:1-2

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. Isaiah 9:2

The gospel certainly is a glorious picture. Even in the Old Testament it is declared with power and wonder! How could we not rejoice this Christmas season, because we’re celebrating the coming of Christ, who alone is our salvation! I believe our response should be like Mary's, who exclaimed:
"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior"
Luke 1:46-47


1 comment:

Excelsior said...

Beautiful! I loved the reminder of Isaiah 9:2. It's really a great reminder of ourselves :) It's so wonderful to reflect on the glory and wonder of Christ's selfless act for us!