The Wonder – Micah 5:2 & Isaiah 53
On December 25th, we Christians again joyfully celebrated the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, the promised Messiah, foretold by the Old Testament prophets. Since Jesus’ humble arrival in a stable in the little town of Bethlehem over 2000 years ago, Christians have been remembering the Jesus coming into the world into the world following his immaculate conception in his mother’s womb by the Holy Spirit of God, the Father. Incredibly, God’s plan for Jesus to come into the world as a newborn baby and to grow into maturity as a simple Nazarene carpenter trained by his earthly father Joseph. However, at age 30, Jesus began his fateful 3 year ministry that would seemingly end with his death on a Roman cross in Jerusalem. Amazingly, through the power of God, he was physically resurrected 3 days later and appeared to, ate with, and was touched by his disciples, and other followers. The Apostle Paul tells us in his first letter to the Corinthians that his resurrection was witnessed by over 500 Christian followers over a period of 40 days before ascending to heaven to return to His Father God. Many of those witnesses would go on to die a martyr’s death rather than to deny what they had witnessed.
The revelation of God’s plan for our salvation is full of many wonders. Perhaps the first of those is that God revealed His Son’s humble birth through his prophets 700 years previously, including specifics in their prophecies that accurately predicted the coming of the Messiah. Micah, Chapter 5: 2 records that “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will rule over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times”. What Micah was predicting was that the promised eternal King in David’s line, who would come to live as a man, had been alive forever, ‘from of old, of ancient times’. The prophet Isaiah, a contemporary of Micah, in his chapter 53 details that indeed Jesus would be a suffering servant. Indeed, the ultimate “wonder” in Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection is that God loved us enough to prepare a plan of salvation for those who would believe in Jesus’ divinity that would require His Son to suffer and die as an atonement of the sins of the world.