Four Powerful Things That Happened Before Christ’s Birth
Jesus, the Messiah was born in Bethlehem about 2000 years ago. Christ’s birth, ministry, death and resurrection were significant. Before He was born, notable events took place that made His birth special.
Here are the events that took place before Christ’s birth.
• God Looked For A Usable Instrument
Luke 1:26,28And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
Before the son of God could come to the world, God did not bypass protocol. He had to seek the indulgence of the carrier of the baby — Mary.
Mary was told by Angel Gabriel that she was going to give birth to a son. The crux of the matter is; if Mary had rejected this offer. God would have looked for another person.
Remember that, we all have free-will. But Mary claimed the prophecy by faith, she never rejected it.
And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; BE IT UNTO ME ACCORDING TO THY WORD. And the angel departed from her.
Every time God wants to do a notable thing on earth, He looks for faithful men. Our responsibility therefore, is to stay faithful and prepared in order for God to use us.
The truth is, God will never come down from heaven to do what He can use man to achieve. He has always used man to achieve His purpose on earth. Therefore, let’s be usable.
Rigidity, disobedience and unbelief are the forces that work against our usability. Let’s get rid of them. Any time God calls you, accept His calling and you will never regret you did.
• There Were Prophecies Before Christ’s Birth
The Bible is replete with a lot of prophecies about the birth of Christ. Many old testament Prophet such as Moses, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Micah and others spoke of His birth.
However, we are to examine few of them.
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
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.
Afore-quoted prophecy pointed to the birth of Christ. It wasn’t done haphazardly. God had plans even before He came to this world.
Importantly, the time it took for the prophecies to be fulfilled was considerably long. For instance, it took almost 700years for Isaiah’s prophecy to come to pass.
We are to wait upon the Lord. Patience is key. At times, it may take years for God’s promises concerning us to come to pass. Hence, we must not stagger. Delay is not denial. His promises concerning you will definitely come to pass.
• He Was Given A Name By God
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
To God, the name of a person should depict his mission on earth. For instance, when God was about to multiply Abram. He changed his name to Abraham which means, “The father of many.”
And He changed Sarai to Sarah which means, “Noblewoman.” It’s not surprising that God had to specifically tell Mary to name the child Jesus. Because Jesus means savior.
Most importantly, we are to be definite and purposeful when giving names to our children. Names are powerful, they can work against a child’s destiny. Names can also drive a child to the accomplishment of his or her mission on earth.
Learn this attitude from God. Give your children good names. Let their name depict their vision and mission on earth.
• John Prepared His Way
John came to the world before Jesus was born. He was to prepare the way for Jesus. This shows how purposeful God is.
…to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Jesus did not come to the world but a man has come before Him. It wasn’t human plan, it was God’s plan. Therefore, He has plans and purposes.
Let’s celebrate Christmas in joy and with moderation. Tell people about Jesus.
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