by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

They Should Have Expected Him, And So Should We!
Dr. J. Vernon McGee

The prophecies in the Old Testament pointing to the birth of Christ show that God blazed a trail down through history in such a definite way that when Jesus Christ came, the people should have known by the prophetic Scriptures who He was. God had made it very clear that this one who was coming would be born of a woman; that is, God would take upon Himself human flesh and be born into the human family. God also made it clear that He would be following a certain genealogical line leading to the Messiah. In Genesis you find that line almost immediately, and it leads to Abraham, then down through the centuries to David, the young son of Jesse who was tending his father's sheep when God appointed him His king over Israel. God promised David that from his line would come the Messiah, the Deliverer, the one who would restore to this earth that which Adam lost. Then He made it very definite that the Messiah couldn't be just anyone in the line of David. It had to be the one who would be virgin born.

They Were Clearly Told

God actually established the time - I do not mean the date, but the time in which the Messiah would come. He also revealed the place where He would be born. May I say that you can't add much more than that. In other words, there were enough points of identification that the people should have known Him when He came.

Then the question arises, why didn't the Jews recognize Him? Those people who had the Scriptures were in the same position that the professing Christian is in today; that is, a state of unbelief. Did you know that the majority of churches have rejected the Second Coming of Christ? They have absolutely turned aside from the clear teaching of Scripture, so that if He did put in His appearance and were to come in a manner like He came before, do you think the world would accept Him? Of course it wouldn't. They are not looking for Him to come again at all.

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