The Text

Matthew 1:18-21 (CSB) The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant from the Holy Spirit. So her husband, Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly.

But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Mark 1:2-3 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,
“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way,

the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”

The Devotion

This is a prophecy made 400 years before Christ ever arrived.

Jesus said it himself:

Luke 24:27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, Christ interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

The Discussion

1. Think of another Bible story. How does that story sound like Jesus?

2. What was the first prophecy in the Bible that said the Messiah was coming?

Genesis 3:15 (CSB) I will put hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel.