When I was a boy I used to watch a television show called “To Tell the Truth”. Do you remember it? Anyways, the gist of the show was that the selected panel of celebrities posed questions to 3 individuals, all claiming to be a certain person. After the question and answer period, they would vote on who they thought the real person was. After each of the 3 individuals being questioned jostled about in their chairs, the real person would stand up, sometimes to the amazement of not only the celebrities, but the crowd also.
This morning we are going to look at the question, “Who is Jesus?” What are the prophecies pertaining to the first coming of Jesus Christ?
The real Jesus existed in eternity past. John 1:1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:14: “And the Word was made 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.” Before there was a universe, before there was time and space, Jesus The Word existed.
Micah 5:2: “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.” Micah tells us that Jesus’ goings forth has been everlasting. Paul wrote, “… great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh…” (1 Timothy 3:16)
The Old Testament prophet Isaiah wrote, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) Did you catch some of these titles? Mighty God, Everlasting Father? There can be no mistake that Jesus Christ is God. When Matthew wrote about the prophecy of the virgin birth from Isaiah 7:14 in the Old Testament, he wrote: “ ‘Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel,’ which being interpreted is, ‘God with us.’ ” (Matthew 1:23) God with us!the Jesus that we celebrate did not come into being in Mary’s womb; He was Mary’s Creator and Lord!
The message of Christmas is: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11) Some people tell us that Jesus was a great moral teacher. Others say that He was “just” a perfect man, but not deity. Scripture declares that Jesus Christ is both Son of Man and Son of God. Do not accept any other Jesus!