The Scriptures Testify about the Lord's Birth (John 5:39)
1. In this verse Jesus gave the key to learning about Him -- "search the Scriptures." 2. He explained why we must do so -- the Scriptures "testify" of Him. 3. This morning we examined a number of passages that relate to the Lord's coming to earth in the flesh. 4. This evening we are studying additional Scriptures that testify about the Lord's birth. Discussion: I. THE SCRIPTURES TESTIFY ABOUT THE LORD'S BIRTH THROUGH NUMEROUS PROPHECIES; INCLUDING:
A. Genesis 3:15 [He would be the seed of the woman.] B. Genesis 12:1-3 [He would be a descendant of Abraham.] C. Genesis 26:1-4 [He would be a descendant of Isaac.] D. Genesis 28:10-14 [He would be a descendant of Jacob.] E. Genesis 49:8-10 [He would be a descendant of Judah.] F. Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7 [He would be born of a virgin; He would be divine.] G. Micah 5:2 [He would be born in Bethlehem.] II. THE SCRIPTURES TESTIFY ABOUT THE LORD'S BIRTH THROUGH HIS GENEALOGIES
A. Luke 3:23-38 [Mary's genealogy is traced through Abraham to Adam, identifying Jesus as the seed of the woman -- Genesis 3:15.] B. Matthew 1:1-17 [Joseph's genealogy is traced through David to Abraham, including the kings of Judah, identifying Him as King of kings.] III. THE SCRIPTURES TESTIFY ABOUT THE LORD'S BIRTH BY SUPPLYING ADDITIONAL DETAILS
A. Luke 2:21 [Jesus was circumcised and named -- Leviticus 12:1-3.] B. Luke 2:22-24 [Jesus was taken to the temple -- Leviticus 12:4-8.] C. Luke 2:25-39 [Simeon and Anna saw Jesus in the temple.] D. Matthew 2:1-12 [The wise men visited Jesus.] E. Matthew 2:13-23 [Jesus was taken to Egypt to escape Herod.] Conclusion:
1. In today's lessons we have made a fairly thorough study of the Lord's coming to earth in the flesh. 2. This morning we mentioned Galatians 4:4 that reveals the time of the Lord's birth. 3. This evening we are mentioning Galatians 4:5 that reveals why God sent His Son -- to redeem us. 4. Have you come to the Lord to be redeemed?