Monday, December 14, 2015

CHRISTMAS BIBLE STUDY: INTRODUCTION

The Prophecy of the Messiah"
God is with us:            Immanuel:      Matthew 1:23
Isaiah 7:14     
 "Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and call His Name Immanuel."

This Christmas we will study "The Prophecy and fulfillment of the Messiah." During Christmas we celebrate Christ Jesus; most people celebrate that day and only that day. Some have even taken Christ out of Christmas. To them it's just a holiday or an event to celebrate and make money. But, it's more than that! It's the prophecy fulfilled by God. Isaiah prophesied more about Christ coming than any of the prophets; major or minor prophets. We will be reading the book of Isaiah while studying this lesson. Isaiah is one of my favorite prophets.  Isaiah is called the little bible, because it has the same amount of chapters as the Bible has books (66). The prophecy of the Messiah is one of the messages of Isaiah, which means "Salvation of Jehovah." God is with us! Our Scripture will be Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace, and Isaiah 7:14, "Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and call His Name Immanuel." Isaiah 55:8 says, "The coming Messiah," Isaiah portrays the coming Messiah in two ways; as the suffering Servant who bears the sins of His people (Isaiah 53: 1-12) and as the glorified King and Counselor whose rule over His people will have no end (Isaiah 9:6; 11:1-10). In this study we will be sharing God's heart for the world.  By the time of Christ, Jewish leaders had lost sight of God's heart for the world. Gentile were considered "dogs" according to (Matthew 15:26, 27) in Jesus' day. But Isaiah establishes that God's purpose was to make the light of salvation available through the Jews- to the Gentiles (Isaiah 24:15; 42:4, 6, 10, 12; 49:1, 6; 60:3, 9).

When Jesus came in the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?"  . . . Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Matthew 16:13, 16).  Writing a thoroughly Jewish account of Jesus' life and ministry Matthew cites many Old Testament prophecies to show that Jesus fulfills them, rightfully claiming the mantle of Messiah (Matthew 1:22; 2:15; 2:17; 4:14; 8:17).

In this study we will explore the prophecy of the Messiah in Isaiah 9:6 and Isaiah 7:14. Our study of the Messiah is to encourage us to keep our focus on the Lord Jesus Messiah through the Christmas holiday, and through-out the New Year. All the prophecies of Christ's coming was fulfilled, but we must remember there are still prophecies to come, therefore, keeping our eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ will ready us for the next fulfillment.

We will have questions, prayers, reading the book of Isaiah, application question, and points of focus,

Content of Study:

Introduction
Biblical Prophecy…………………...Week # 1
The Son of God……………………..Week # 2
The Son of Man…………………….Week # 3
Wonderful and Counselor………….Week # 4
The Mighty God…………………….Week # 5
The Everlasting Father…………….Week # 6
The Prince of Peace………………..Week # 7
Fulfillment………………………….Week # 8

Enjoy the Study:

Prayer Time

Prayer Time
Praying for Peace