1. Jesus will come from the offspring of Abraham.
"I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring, all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” (Genesis 22:17-18)
"This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham." (Matthew 1:1)
2. Jesus will be born of a virgin.
"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14)
"And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus…And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born[e] will be called holy—the Son of God." (Luke 1:30-31, 34-35)
3. Jesus will be born in the little town of Bethlehem.
"But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days. " (Micah 5:2)
"In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,[b] who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn." (Luke 2:1-7)
4. Jesus will be from the family line of King David (Jer. 23:5Matt. 1:6).
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. " (Jeremiah 23:5)
"This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham…and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah." (Matthew 1:1, 6)
Why Do These Prophecies Matter?
These prophecies show us that God is truly faithful to every one of his promises. He has a flawless track record. Everything that he said he would do has been done, and all of those promises that we are still waiting for are going to be completed soon. Just as surely as Christ came in his first advent (coming), we can be assured that he is coming again in his second advent. Christ has died, Christ has risen, and Christ will come again!