The Messiah Has Come Num. 24:17; Matt. 1:16-21; 2:1, 7-11 (HCSB) Dec. 25, 2011
Do you think you would have had a difficult time believing about the coming Messiah?
What would convince you? Many Jewish children would have been told this by their parents and elders. With that background when He came it would have been easier to believe. But in all of our beliefs we must have faith. Our faith needs to be founded in the Word and led by the Spirit.
1. Messiah’s Coming: . . Prophesied by Prophets. Num. 24:17; Matt. 1:16-17
A. The Messiah’s Coming . . Generally Understood. Num. 24:17
17 I see him, but not now; I perceive him, but not near. A star will come from Jacob, and a scepter will arise from Israel. He will smash the forehead of Moab and strike down all the Shethites.
B. The Messiah’s Coming . . Generational Understood. Matt. 1:16-17
16 and Jacob fathered Joseph the husband of Mary, who gave birth to Jesus who is called
the Messiah. 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were 14 generations; and
from David until the exile to Babylon, 14 generations; and from the exile to Babylon until
the Messiah, 14 generations.
It might help even more this week to read additional verses of the background text. Most of the Jewish
believers had a general understand about the coming Messiah In fact many today agree with the concept
that a Messiah will come. When asked about Jesus those I have talked with are very vague and desire to
change the subject. In Old Testament times the devout would have a general knowledge about a coming
Messiah and some would be more versed and eager to know of His coming. The prophets definitely
foretold of this event. In the New Testament the linage of Abraham is cited and Jacob is specifically
pointed out as the father of Joseph, who married Mary who gave birth to Jesus. It is very important to note the generational connection to the Patriarchs of Israel. I would encourage you to read Josh McDowell’s book, More Than A Carpenter, and see the added significance he places on this evidence.
2. Messiah’s Mission: . . Privately Told by the Angel. Matt. 1:18-21
A. The Messiah’s Mission . . Considered by Joseph. 1:18-20a
18 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 by the Holy
Spirit. 19 So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her
publicly, decided to divorce her secretly. 20 But after he had considered these things, . . .”
B. The Messiah’s Mission . . Confirmed by Joseph. 1:20b-21 and 24
“. . . an angel of the Lord suddenly 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
by the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because
He will save His people from their sins.”
Think about how the knowledge of Mary’s pregnancy shocked Joseph. He was a just man and no
doubt had powerful feelings for and about Mary. She was a devout young lady so how
could this information be true. He knew he was not the father of Mary’s baby. As he considered this information an angel spoke to him. He believed the angel and proceeded.
3. Messiah’s Kingly Authority . . Praised and Worshiped. Matt. 2:1, 7-11
A. The Messiah’s Kingly Authority . . Witnessed by the Wise Men. 2:1, 7-9
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived unexpectedly in Jerusalem,
7 Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared.
8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you find Him, report
back to me so that I too can go and worship Him.”
9 After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was—the star they had seen in the east! It led
them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was.
B. The Messiah’s Kingly Authority . . Worshiped by the Wise Men. 2:10-11
10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed beyond measure.
11 Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped
Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
I think it is unusual that some wise men, (astrologers) thought God directed them to Bethlehem thorough a star. But He did! These wise men possessed knowledge broader than most people of their day. Certainly God has many very wise people following Him today. When I went to seminary I was amazed at the very brilliant students I competed against for grades. One time I had an 85% average and got a “C” in the class. I was both pleased and aggravated. But these wise men believed God directed them and they followed. They were men of means as they traveled a great distance and gave expensive gifts to the Christ child. They bowed down and worshiped Jesus who may have been two years old. He was away from the stable and out of the crib. I am certainly pleased The Messiah Has Come, and we can know Him! Amen? Amen!