We’re often in a sea of carols and colours of Christmas, and sometimes the birth of Jesus gets lost in all the fanfare. But, have you ever stopped to consider the supernatural timing of Jesus’ birth? There were a number of miracles that needed to happen at exactly the time, through exactly the right prophet, for the precise plan of redemption to take place.
Miracles surrounded Jesus’ birth, and the accuracy of the Scripture is uncanny. In Micah 5:2 the Prophet declared that the little town of Bethlehem was going to bring forth a ruler. The prophecy came to pass 715 years later when Caesar made a proclamation that everyone needed to go to his city of lineage to register and pay taxes. Joseph was from the lineage of David, so he had to go to Bethlehem (Luke 2:4).
We know the story: the trip from Nazareth where Joseph lived to Bethlehem was about 90 miles, so it took several days to get there. Joseph and Mary had to travel slowly because she was nine months pregnant. In Bethlehem there was no room at any inn because many people had come to register and had gotten there before them. But, Joseph was in Bethlehem at exactly the right time because The WORD of God went before him 715 years earlier.
Think about that! God’s WORD will govern leaders and the actions and decisions of the world, so it doesn’t come back empty! Don’t ever give up on God’s WORD. Don’t quit. God has a plan. God has your tomorrow in His hand. This Christmas season, we are focusing on the prophetic, supernatural timing of Jesus’ birth. Our Advent calendar tells the story from Adam to You because you were at the centre of God’s strategic redemption plan. If you have missed it, you can catch up here. We have 12-days of prophetic devotionals, confessions, declarations, and crafts for the whole family.
The Real Christmas Story
The whole Christmas experience happened because the prophets had spoken it. The wise men travelled the long trip from the East with their caravan to Israel following God’s star. God has your life in mind. He knows everything you need. Jesus wants to commune with us. Jesus wants to give us victory. Deeper study of the life of Jesus reveals His life as fulfilment of Old Testament prophecies.
Jesus read the Isaiah 61 prophecy in the synagogue. “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 broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of The LORD” (Luke 4:18-19). He finished with, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Luke 4:21). All of the Old Testament tells us how it all started. The Bible is an Eastern book, and we try to understand it with a Western mind. Jesus said, “If you will open the door, I will come in and eat with you” (see Revelation 3:20).
Jesus is saying, “If you’ll let Me come in and be LORD, then I will enter the provision-covenant with you. I’ll take care of everything for you. I will eat with you, take care of all your bills, take care of the household, and provide for you.” This invitation to open your life to Jesus is not a one-time thing. It’s a daily decision we make and a daily invitation. Don’t be afraid God will want something from you that you don’t want to give; or that He’s going to want too much from you. God doesn’t want you to be afraid of Him.
God has your life in mind. He knows everything you need. His WORD is final authority! He’ll send the kings, or whomever it takes to help you. If you need any more proof this Christmas season, just look to the supernatural timing of Jesus’ birth.