The Primary song “He Sent His Son” reminds us, “Have faith, have hope, live like his Son, help others on their way. What does he ask? Live like his Son” (Children’s Songbook, 34–35). As we live as the Savior lived, we will qualify for the promises that our Heavenly Father has for us. What are those promises?
As we read the scriptures, we learn that the Father and the Son always fulfill Their promises. One of the greatest promises that Heavenly Father made was to send His Son to the earth. In John 3:16 we read,
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
In the Grand Council in Heaven, Heavenly Father promised to send a Savior. The Savior would atone for our sins so that we could live with Heavenly Father again. We read in John 3:17-18 these words,
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
How did Heavenly Father send His Son to the earth? He sent Him as a newborn baby. He allowed Him to learn and grow, just as we learn and grow. In Luke 2:40 we read,
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
Because of His great love for His Father and for us, He willingly submitted His will to the Father’s will – He willingly gave His life as a ransom for us all by becoming sin’s final sacrifice and dying upon a cruel Roman cross on Golgotha’s lonely hill. But, the Good News is that the story does not end there. Three days later He triumphantly arose from the grave and lives forever more seated at the right hand of God the Father. And, because of His glorious resurrection, we too shall be resurrected and live again. What a wondrous promise Jesus Christ is to the earth. Heavenly Father had promised to send Him, and He kept His promise.
For hundreds of years, prophecies foretold the birth of a Messiah, prophecies that Jesus’ birth fulfilled. The following passages from the Old Testament relate God’s prophetic promises to His children. The New Testament passages, written centuries later, reveal the fulfillment of those promises.
First, we learn of the lineage of Jesus Christ. We learn that the Messiah was to be a descendant of Abraham. In Genesis 12:3 we read,
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
The Messiah was also to be a descendant of David. We read in Isaiah 9:7,
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
That prophecy is fulfilled in Luke 1:31-33:
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
We further learn in Genesis 49:10 that through His lineage the Messiah was also to be a member of the tribe of Judah.
The birthplace of the Messiah was also prophesied. In Micah 5:2 we read,
But thou, Beth-lehem 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 everlating.
And in Matthew 2:1-2 we read,
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Many Bible scholars believe that the star that the wise men saw in the East was also prophesied. The reference that is used is Numbers 24:17,
I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
The Messiah was also to be born of a virgin. We read in Isaiah 7:14,
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
We find the fulfillment of the prophecy in Matthew 1:18,
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
And then in Isaiah 61:1-3 we learn of the purpose of Jesus’ Birth:
1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
And in Luke 4:16-21 we read:
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Blessed promises were made, and those promises have been kept. Two thousand years ago our loving Heavenly Father gave to the world the greatest gift ever known to mankind. It was a very special gift, wrapped in the Divine love of the Father Himself. That gift was His only Begotten Son – He who was born King – the Messiah – the Savior of the world – the Redeemer and Lover of our souls – the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sadly, there are those who doubt Him and say they don’t need Him. There are even those who will argue that He was just a man. Yes, He was a man, but not just an ordinary man. He was both God and man. He lived and walked among men, yet the life that He lived was not an ordinary life. His life had a major impact on the entire world. No other life can begin to compare to this One Solitary Life.
Down through the ages He has been ridiculed, despised, and rejected and yet wise men still seek Him today. Regardless of what men say about Him, it does not change the fact that He has always been and always shall be the Eternal Son of the Living God. One day, as the Scriptures clearly teach us, at His name “every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth: and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:11). He is the One about whom the universe revolves; in whom the hopes and fears of all the years have found their joyous fulfillment. O’ Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ the Lord!