Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; one will come from you to be ruler over Israel for me. His origin is from antiquity, from ancient times.
Micah 5:2 CSB
It was prophesied the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem hundreds of years before Jesus was born. And so He was.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Matthew 2:1 KJV
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Isaiah 7:14 KJV
It was amazing – yes, impossible! But the virgin birth was prophesied around 700 years before Jesus’ incarnation. It is a matter of faith to believe. …With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26 KJV
The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant from the Holy Spirit. So her husband, Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly. But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:18-21 CSB
For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever. The zeal of the Lord of Armies will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:6-7 CSB
The Christ was expected to command armies He would lead to victory over Israel’s enemies. Possibly the last thing they expected was a Baby born in a stable, Whose first bed was a feeding trough for barn animals! He would be King, Counselor, God, Father – His reign eternal, and from David’s lineage. A reign of justice and righteousness. There would be peace between God and all those coming to Him in repentance and faith. Don’t you love that He was not born in a palace and wrapped in silk?? He is the Savior for all who come to Him.
So you are to know and understand that from the issuance of the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until [the coming of] the Messiah (the Anointed One), the Prince, there will be seven weeks [of years] and sixty-two weeks [of years]; it will be built again, with [a city] plaza and moat, even in times of trouble.
Daniel 9:25 AMP
These are likely rounded numbers. Christ was crucified at the end of “69 weeks” after Cyrus gave the order to rebuild Jerusalem. Jesus was the “Lamb without blemish” and the sacrifice for the sin of all who would look to Him for forgiveness.
As for me, if I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate what kind of death he was about to die.
John 12:32-33 CSB
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far from my deliverance and from my words of groaning? But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by people. Everyone who sees me mocks me; they sneer and shake their heads: “He relies on the Lord ; let him save him; let the Lord rescue him, since he takes pleasure in him.” I am poured out like water, and all my bones are disjointed; my heart is like wax, melting within me. My strength is dried up like baked clay; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You put me into the dust of death. For dogs have surrounded me; a gang of evildoers has closed in on me; they pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people look and stare at me. They divided my garments among themselves, and they cast lots for my clothing.
Psalms 22:1, 6-8, 14-18 CSB
Then he released Barabbas to them and, after having Jesus flogged, handed him over to be crucified.
Matthew 27:26 CSB
The soldiers led him away into the palace (that is, the governor’s residence ) and called the whole company together. They dressed him in a purple robe, twisted together a crown of thorns, and put it on him. And they began to salute him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” They were hitting him on the head with a stick and spitting on him. Getting down on their knees, they were paying him homage. After they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple robe and put his clothes on him. They led him out to crucify him.
Mark 15:16-20 CSB
In the same way the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him and said, “He saved others, but he cannot save himself! He is the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God rescue him now — if he takes pleasure in him! For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” In the same way even the criminals who were crucified with him taunted him.
Matthew 27:41-44 CSB
When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, a part for each soldier. They also took the tunic, which was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said to one another, “Let’s not tear it, but cast lots for it, to see who gets it.” This happened that the Scripture might be fulfilled that says: They divided my clothes among themselves, and they cast lots for my clothing. This is what the soldiers did.
John 19:23-24 CSB
It looked like the end. The disciples had had trouble with the scenario Jesus had presented to them when He kept telling them He would die this awful death. And now it had happened. No one seemed to remember that He had said He would rise again!
For you will not abandon me to Sheol; you will not allow your faithful one to see decay. Psalms 16:10 CSB
They will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked, flogged, and crucified, and on the third day he will be raised.”
Matthew 20:19 CSB
The angel told the women, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here. For he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see him there.’ Listen, I have told you.”
Matthew 28:5-7 CSB
Jesus went back to heaven (Luke 24:50), but will return for His followers!
Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn over him. So it is to be. Amen.
Revelation 1:7 CSB
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be rendered powerless so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, since a person who has died is freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him, because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die again. Death no longer rules over him. For the death he died, he died to sin once for all time; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Romans 6:6-11 CSB
Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, it is clear what sort of people you should be in holy conduct and godliness as you wait for the day of God and hasten its coming. Because of that day, the heavens will be dissolved with fire and the elements will melt with heat. But based on his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
2 Peter 3:11-13 CSB
He who testifies about these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
Revelation 22:20 CSB
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