ADVENT STUDY: A Priceless Inheritance. { DAY 1 }

HE IS FAITHFUL

Advent Study: He Is Faithful: Son of God

READ: 1 Chronicles 7:11-14, Psalm 2:7, Matthew 3:17; Luke 1:32, 35

“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” {Luke 1:32,35}

Throughout history, God provided us a roadmap. Long before Christ was born, He foretold various signs and conditions through His prophets giving us clues about what was to come. These prophets spoke of things that mankind should watch for so that they would recognize the Messiah and believe in Him when He appeared.

The Old Testament contains 300 prophecies that Jesus fulfilled through His life, death, and resurrection. Click To Tweet

The Old Testament, written hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, contains over 300 prophecies that Jesus fulfilled through His life, death, and resurrection. It has been said that mathematically speaking, the odds of anyone fulfilling this amount of prophecy are staggering. Mathematicians put it this way: One person fulfilling 8 prophecies: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000, 1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power. 1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies: Only Jesus!

As we begin our Advent study, I pray that our faith in this History-maker God is strengthened. I pray that we will look at the magnificent detail of these prophecies and believe wholeheartedly that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and that Jesus is who God says He is. We will examine how Jesus perfectly fulfills all of these Messianic prophecies, and it becomes crystal clear that there has to be One weaving this all together…only God could foreknow and accomplish all that was written about the Christ. None of this could be accidental. It is this historical accuracy and reliability that sets the Bible apart from any other book or historical record.

God gave us these prophecies to build our faith and point the way to His Son. Which brings us to our first prophetic fulfillment in Christ… that the Messiah would be the Son of God. In 1 Chronicles 17:11-14, we read what the prophet Nathan delivers to Davis as a message from God. He says to him,

When your days are over and you go to be with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever.  I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my love away from him, as I took it away from your predecessor. I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will be established forever.’”

This offspring of David, who will build God’s house for Him and establish His kingdom, is Jesus. In verse 13, God declares, I will be his father, and he will be my son.

In Psalm 2:7, David repeats this prophecy.

And then we fast-forward to the Gospels, where the story of Jesus unfolds. In Luke 1, an angel visits a young virgin girl, betrothed to be married. The angel tells her that she will conceive and give birth to a son.

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reignforever; his kingdom will never end, {Luke 1:32}.

Confused, Mary asks how this could be possible; she is a virgin, after all. The angel answers her,

The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. {Luke 1:35} 

We see here that from before His conception, God was making known that this Messiah who was coming, was His Son. He wasn’t just the Savior, but the Son of God.

In Matthew chapter 3, Jesus goes to John, asking to be baptized in the Jordan river. This was the event that catapulted Jesus into His ministry. As he came out of the water, heaven opened and a voice proclaimed, This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased, {Matthew 3:17}. Jesus was affirmed and blessed by His father, which gave him the courage to advance in His calling.

Would it have been possible for God to send a Savior to the world without calling the Savior His Son? Why was this such an important thing to announce? What does this mean to us?

A Son gets an inheritance. A Son gets to claim everything that is the Father’s as His own. A Son bears the Father’s name and has rights to everything that is the Father’s. A Son is not just used to fulfill a purpose…a Son is loved.

The tragedy in this story is Sin.  Sin crept in and stole the hearts of many, turning them away from following and believing in God.  His kingdom began to crumble. God’s heart broke over this, and He dreamt of what it should have been. He pictured His kingdom restored, His people redeemed. He saw a way but cringed at the cost.

This priceless inheritance, my friend, is ours. It is for us. God saw fit to send this Messiah, His beloved Son, to rescue us. Because of this, we are the rightful heirs with Jesus of the Inheritance. God sacrificed His only son for you and I. so that we may have eternal life with Him.  And He gave us His Word, that we might read His Story and believe it. “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name,” {John 20:31}.

Believe it! Trust it! Live it!
REFLECT:
  • Have you ever questioned the validity of the Bible? How does prophetic fulfillment impact your faith in its truth?
  • How does it feel to know that you are co-hairs with Jesus in God’s inheritance? You are worth so much that you are the gift He fought to win back.
  • You are part of a kingdom that will never end. God is rebuilding this eternal kingdom, even now. How can you partner with Him in establishing His dominion on earth? What does that look like?
PRAYER:

Father God, we thank you for your Son. Thank you for giving the ultimate gift, the ultimate sacrifice, so that you could win us back. Thank you that you see us as worthy in helping build your kingdom. We believe that Jesus is your Son, and we thank you for the life we have been given in His most holy name. Amen.

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Elizabeth Oschwald
Elizabeth Oschwald
I’m Elizabeth, wife to an industrious, handsome fixer-upper {I mean…he fixes things, not he needs to be fixed} and Mom/Stepmom {a.k.a. Imma} to 6 amazing kids. I homeschool the ones I hatched myself, and we live on our family farm in central Illinois. I love to write about our real-life experiences, how Jesus is in everything, and how God can redeem even the biggest messes in the most beautiful, unexpected (and very Brady) ways. You can read more about my crazy crew at www.AddingJoy.com!

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