“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from its roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord – and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.” Isaiah 11:1-5 (NIV)
The Old Testament offers many instances of prophecy, a prediction of the future made from divine influence, that lead to the confirmation of Jesus as the predicted Savior. There are many instances where Jesus can be seen fulfilling these in his circumstances, words, and actions. These prophecies begin in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, and weave the expectation of what is to come in Christ through the centuries that the Old Testament occurred and was written. When Jesus was finally born, we began to see the miracle of God’s love for us fulfilled in all the ways He had foretold to us.
Throughout the week, we will consider some of the prophecies in the Bible and how they point to Jesus as well as how we can apply them in our own lives.
Pray: Lord, you have given us the greatest gift in Jesus, the source of our salvation. Grant me the ability to see the truth of His power. Help me to see how you have foretold of His coming through all of time and the fulfillment of your promises to us in Him. Amen.