For many, Christmas is a time to look back at a historic event — the birth of a child named Jesus who brought salvation to the world.
But did you know that before he was born, believers looked forward to his coming?
Jesus was born in Bethlehem. About 700 years before he was born, the prophet Micah said that a ruler and shepherd for Israel would come from Bethlehem.
A group of wise men knelt before this baby in Bethlehem and presented gifts to him. Nearly 1000 years before this happened, King Solomon said, “…may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts! May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him! For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper.” (Psalm 72:10-12; English Standard Version)
Jesus was a descendant of King David. About 650 years before Jesus came to establish righteousness, a lonely prophet in Judah named Jeremiah said, “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.” (Jeremiah 23:5)
When he arrived, the believers in Jerusalem were already waiting for redemption.
Christianity, then, is not a couple thousand years old. It is much, much older.
This Christmas, consider the testimony of believers past and present; and consider the claim Christ has on the universe and on your life.