The Prophetic Perspective – Gabriel 

The Prophetic Perspective is the Baby was the Christ, the Son of God

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.    Luke 1:35                                       

The Prophets and Angels Didn’t Understand It

This salvation was something the prophets did not fully understand. Though they wrote about it, they had many questions as to what it all could mean.  1 Peter 1:10 (Living)   

The Prophecies Concerning the Birth of the Child:

  1. The Savior would be a male child, born as a baby. Isa. 9:6
  2. The lineage would come through of Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, Jesse, David, and Solomon.
  3. The child would be born of a virgin – a chaste unmarried woman.

Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14   

  1. The birth would occur around 4 B.C. in accordance with the prophecy of Daniel 9:24
  2. The child would be born in Bethlehem of Judea Mic. 5:2

The Baby was the Word of God Made Flesh 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.   And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.    John 1:1-3,14

Jesus was the Express Image of the Father

… has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person …  Heb 1:2-3

It was a Hidden Mystery

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.  1 Tim 3:16

Like Today, there were Many Opinions of Jesus’ Origin

25 Now some of them from Jerusalem said, “Is this not He whom they seek to kill? 26 “But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ? 27 “However, we know where this Man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from.” John 7:25-27

Jesus Tells Them Plainly

24 Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 30 “I and My Father are one.”   John 10:24, 30

63 But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” 64 Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65 Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! Matt 26:63-65

We Must Decide Who He Is

13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” 14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”   Matt 16:13-16

The Scripture is Written that We May Believe

And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book;
31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
John 20:30

… “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. 3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; 8 Bring out the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears. 9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled … Let them bring out their witnesses, that they may be justified; or let them hear and say, “It is truth.”10 “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. 11 I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior. Is. 43:1,3,8-11

                                                                                  

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