Merry Christmas, everyone! This post is part of a Christmas Blog Bash some friends of mine and I are doing today. A “blog bash” is when multiple bloggers all post about a related subject and then link to each other. This one is about Christmas and my topic is (drum roll, please) Christ’s Birth and its Connection to Prophecy.
Arguably, the most important event in all history was Christ’s birth. With an event that is that important, it is obvious that it would be widely discussed in history books after it had happened. This is definitely the case. In almost every secular encyclopedia or history book you read Jesus’s birth and death will be mentioned. While his resurrection is disputed by some, what other historical figure has the fame that He holds? Even our calendar is based off Him; we divide the time before and after his birth into Before Christ (B.C.) and Anno Domini (“The Year of Our Lord”, A.D.)1. Also, while many places reference his birth as history, His birth was foretold hundreds of years before it actually happened, in astonishing detail. Specifics of his life that are foretold include2 His place and time of birth, that he would be betrayed by a friend, how much the betrayer was paid, and what he did with the money. They are laid out in detail below.
|Prophecy Given||Fulfillment||Number of Years Between3|
|Micah 5:2 “‘But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel…'”||Place of Birth||Matthew 2:1 “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea…” (see also Luke 2:4-7)||~760|
|Daniel 9:25 “‘Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven “sevens,” and sixty-two “sevens.”…'”||Time of Birth||Luke 2:1-7 “This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.”||~600|
|Psalm 41:9 “Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.”||Betrayed by a Friend||Matthew 26:14 “Then one of the Twelve [disciples]-the one called Judas Iscariot-went to the chief priests”
(see also Mark 14:10, 43-45)
|Zechariah 11:12 “I told them, ‘If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.’ So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.||Sold for thirty pieces of silver||Matthew 26:15 “and [Judas] asked, ‘What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?’ So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.” (see also Matthew 27:3-10)||~550|
|Zechariah 11:13 “And the LORD said to me, ‘Throw it to the potter’… So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the LORD.”||Money returned for a potter’s field||Matthew 27:5,10 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left… and they used [it] to buy the potter’s field…”||~550|
There are many other prophecies that Christ fulfilled throughout his life on earth, but these are all time and space allow me to show.
Thank you for reading my post! Be sure to check out the other Blog Bash posts:
Hannah posted about Christmas Traditions, Ellen posted about Christmas Recipes, Caleb posted about Desperation for Christmas, and Justin posted about the Magi.
Sources and Footnotes:
1 Many secular scholars have now taken to referring to the two time periods as “Before Common/Current Era (BCE)” and “Common/Current Era (CE).” While this method does not directly reference Christ it still acknowledges that some world changing event took place in the year zero.
2 Thompson Chain-Reference Bible, “Prophecies and Their Fulfillment Arranged Chronologically” page 4306b
3 Dates from The Founders’ Bible
All Scripture is New International Version from blueletterbible.org