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The Incarnation of Christ (4 of 4)
Series: The Christmas Prophecies
I. THE PLACE OF THE INCARNATION
Today we have before us the prophecy we began to look at last week in Micah 5:2, the minor prophet Micah. He speaks of the place of Christ's birth. It is incredible. How could you not believe in an inerrant Bible when you can read that hundreds of years, at least 400 years before Christ's birth, a prophet spoke and identified the exact place of His birth. He predicted it with absolute accuracy. It came true exactly as the prophet said.
The Scripture tells us that in the last days, many will come, scoffing saying where is the promise that is coming? They had those scoffers then as well. When is the Messiah going to be born? But He was born. And He was born very quietly. He slipped in to this world, in through a mother's womb. He took upon Himself human flesh. He came in the form of a little human body, divinity and humanity in perfection.
Micah 5:2 (KJV) "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old from everlasting."
The literal translation says, "whose origins are from everlasting to everlasting. So as we looked at this passage we talked about the place of the incarnation last week and we talked about why Bethlehem. And you remember we looked at the history of Bethlehem and all of the exciting things that happened in Bethlehem in Jewish history. And how Bethlehem had become famous because of wonderful things that happened there. Jacob's well was there and because it was the city of Jesse and the city of David, it was the city where Ruth met Boaz, it was the city of Christ's lineage.
II. THE PROPHECY OF THE INCARNATION
And we looked at the prophecy of the incarnation and how the prophets of God had spoken of this incarnation, which would take place ...
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