The Messiah Foretold
(John 1:1 - eternity)
.... "But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting."
(Micah 5:2 - 704 B.C.)
.... Throughout the centuries and in many different ways, God foretold the coming of the Messiah, the Christ, whom He would one day send among us. He spoke to us through His servants the prophets, giving further details over time. He foretold these circumstances in such detail that more than eighty prophecies were fulfilled by His birth alone.
.... "Come near to Me, hear this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit have sent Me."
(Isaiah 48:16 - 712 B.C.)
.... At last the time drew near, and the days of the Christ were at hand. To prepare the way before Him, God sent the greatest of the prophets, John the Baptist, who would actually introduce the people to Jesus.
.... In those days, John came into the wilderness of Judea, baptizing, and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. He spoke to the people of righteousness, sin and judgment, in relation to the Christ who was about to come. He turned them from disobedience to the Wisdom of the Just, to prepare their hearts and make them ready to receive the Lord:
.... "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God."(Isaiah 40:3 - 712 B.C.)
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