And the angel said unto them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." - Luke 2:10-11, KJV

The Core of Christianity (A look at our faith in Jesus)

The Old Testament contains a number of prophecies about Jesus' Lordship. Here is a look at Jesus with some of the original Old Testament references.

Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary Luke 1:26-38 documents the angel Gabriel being sent to the virgin Mary announcing Jesus' birth through her. In verse 35 the angel said to Mary that the seed for the pregnancy will come from the Holy Spirit. These words reflect a prophecy found in Isaiah 7:14 where it is foretold that a virgin will bear a son and His name will be Immanuel. Luke 2:7 is the fulfillment of these prophetic words when Jesus was born.

Jesus is the Son of God Matthew 3:16-17 records Jesus' baptism. What was special about this baptism was God the Father proclaiming Jesus as His Son in verse 17. Psalms 2:7 tells us of this event to come. The same parallel is in the verse from Psalms proclaiming the Son of God will be coming to the world.

Jesus lived a sinless life Luke 4:1-13 records the most intense battle of all ages. This is where Jesus' temptations and response to sin is clearly seen. In this battle for all time Jesus refuted Satan with scripture. This sets a pattern for us to live by and the authority of the Holy Bible in each of our lives.

Jesus died for our sins Isaiah 53:4-6 describes the suffering Jesus would endure for our sins. Psalms 22:14-15 is another graphic description of the sacrificial death Jesus endured for us, buying our pardon for all who would except Him as Lord and Savior. Luke 23:44-47 records Jesus' death with the centurion praising God as he recognized Jesus was innocent and had taken on the sin of the world.

Jesus rose again Luke 24 records an amazing historical occurrence: Jesus' resurrection. The stage was set: Jesus had been crucified and buried in a tomb secured by Pilate and his army. Jesus' close followers were on the way to His tomb to apply burial spices. (verse 1) Instead they were greeted by a Holy Angel of the Lord asking why they were looking for the living among the dead. (verse 5) King David by the inspiration of God wrote of Jesus resurrection in Psalms 16:10-11. In rising from the dead Jesus conquered death for all who believe in Him.

Jesus is coming back for His people The hope Jesus brings is eternal life to His followers. Isaiah 2:4 talks about a day when Jesus will judge the nations. The judgment to come is part of Jesus' second coming for His own. Another discussion by Isaiah is found at Isaiah 11:11-16. The followers of Jesus are assured of their salvation while those who didn't accept God's gift of eternal life will perish.

Additional Scripture to reflect on the life of Jesus and His love for you:

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