Matthew 1:21-23 – “And she will bring forth a Son and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 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.”
Over an over again as we study the Bible we will read the words “this was done that it might be fulfilled.” Right from the beginning of the book of Matthew we are brought face to face with Bible Prophecy. I believe that one of the most amazing things to see as we read through the Bible is how God fulfills His promises.
God promised over and over again in the Old Testament scriptures that He would send the Messiah. As we began reading the gospel of Matthew, one thing is clear, Jesus is the Messiah promised by God in the scriptures. Matthew begins with a very long family tree so that we can be sure Jesus is the one who is able to fulfill the promises to Abraham and David. Then we are told of the virgin birth prophesied by the prophet Isaiah. What we will discover as we read this book is that Jesus will fulfill every Old Testament prophecy concerning the first coming of the Messiah.
This is such an encouragement to me because it is a reminder that God keeps His promises! This promise of God to send the Messiah is the ultimate promise. We are told in 1 John 4:9 that “in this was manifested the love of God towards us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” This is why Joseph is told to name this child Jesus “because He will save His people from their sins.”
When we read a familiar passage about the birth of Jesus, it is easy to lose the impact of what this means. And what this means to us is that God loves us! God loves us so much that He sent His son Jesus with a mission to “seek and to save the lost” and to rescue us from sin and death. This mission reveals to us the heart of God, it reveals to us that He gave everything that we could know His love and that we could have everlasting life.
The good news is that Jesus accomplished the mission. Jesus fulfilled every prophecy, every scripture, every promise. The fulfillment of this promise, to save us from our sins, will be seen as we continue to read the gospel of Matthew. Specifically when we read about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The truth that this passage reveals to us is that Jesus was born so that we could be born again!
I pray that as we continue to read the Bible together, that we would continue to see God’s great love for us in fulfilling every promise and that we would respond to His great love by loving Him and living for Him.