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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

God’s Itinerary Will Not Be Denied-Jesus Born in Bethlehem


Merry Christmas, The entire month of December Jake McCandless and Cherrilynn Bisbano partner to bring you prophesies Jesus fulfilled at His birth.

May the prophecies Jesus fulfilled bring you closer to Him as we look back for strength to go forward.

Jesus Born in Bethlehem


Have you ever watched a mystery thriller series? In early episodes, the guilty suspect is revealed to the viewers, but the investigators in the show have no clue. You know how the series of shows will end, but you have no idea how the show will reach the conclusion. The current situations make that final scenario seem impossible to be fulfilled. You sit on the edge of your seat, dying to see the conclusion.

God works like this. He reveals our final destination —but the winding road to the journey's end, makes His revelation seem impossible. 
One example of this in Scripture is Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem.

The prophet Micah prophesied seven hundred years before Jesus’ birth that the promised Messiah would come from Bethlehem.
             
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. - Micah 5:2 (NIV84)


With this prophecy in mind, imagine that you are an omniscient spectator in the first century watching the unfolding of Jesus’ arrival. As the viewer, you know the Messiah must come from Bethlehem. Yet, for nearly nine months Bethlehem wouldn’t even be in the picture.
Mary and Joseph individually receive news that Mary is pregnant with the Messiah. But it couldn’t be the Messiah for she lives in Nazareth—seventy miles from Bethlehem. So, either the couple is wrong about the Messiah or God is not going to keep His Word. This would make Micah a false prophet or God a liar.

You continue to watch as the plot twists lead Mary in different directions, none of which bring her to Bethlehem. For a brief moment, it seems Joseph will turn Mary in for adultery, and the locals would stone her to death. But Joseph contemplated divorcing her quietly. Suddenly an Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, 
“Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Mathew 1:20-21)
He believed the angel and married Mary.
 The story would take another turn as Mary travels to Jericho to visit Zachariah and Elizabeth. The trip brought her closer to Bethlehem, but there was still no reason to travel there. Mary returned to Nazareth, time appears to be running out. Will Micah’s prophecy be vindicated? 
While hope for fulfillment seemed bleak, God is at work. Two surprises enterer the story—the Roman census and Joseph’s Davidic roots.

Happening behind the scenes was the rest of the story. The Roman census forced Joseph to travel to Bethlehem leaving us with this fulfillment recorded by Luke.

 Joseph also went up…to Bethlehem …while they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son... - Luke 2:4–7 (NIV84)



They weren’t thwarted in the birth of Jesus.

They weren’t denied in the countless similar “mystery thrillers” in Scripture.


And they won’t be denied in your life.
How does knowing Jesus fulfilled over 100 Prophesies change your life?  Join the conversation.

Jake McCandless is the Executive Director and lead speaker for Prophecy Simplified. Jake is an award-winning author and writes for several publications. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Central Baptist College and an Advanced Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Previously, he spent twelve years at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, AR  as a lead pastor and directed a seminary extension center. Before that Jake served as a student pastor and youth evangelist. Jake is married to Amanda. She’s an elementary school teacher. They have two daughters Andrea and Addison. Jake enjoys time with family, ministry, hunting, bass fishing, coffee, and college football. 
 Learn more about Jake and follow his writings at www.jakemccandless.comhttp://www.prophecysimplified.com/

Cherrilynn Bisbano is a writer, speaker, literary agent, and editor.  Her passion for helping people is evident.  She loves Christ, coffee, chocolate, and cats.
Managing Editor at Serious Writer & Almost an Author, Acquisitions Reader and Junior Agent for Literary Agent, Cyle Young. Host of Genre Chat www.seriouswriter.com
Speaker with Women Speakers & By Design ministries, Leadership Certified by Christian Leaders Institute. http://bit.ly/2j9vzaT
She is a two-time winner of Flash Fiction Weekly. You can find her published in Amramp, More to Life (MTL), Christian Rep, Refresh, Southern Writer, and other magazines. Cherrilynn is a contributor to, Breaking the Chains.
 Cherrilynn proudly served in the Navy and Air National Guard earning the John Levitow Military leadership award.  She lives with her fifteen-year-old son, Michael, Jr., and husband of 19 years, Michael, Sr.   





6 comments:

vicki d said...

Great thoughts here and a reminder for today! Thank you!

CHERRILYNN BISBANO said...

Vicki, Thank you so much. Doing this study has increased my faith.

Jann W Martin said...

Thank you for your interesting thoughts.

Katherine said...

I love hearing the Christmas prophecies. Beautifully written!

CHERRILYNN BISBANO said...

Jan, Thank you for stopping by. Merry Christmas to you and yours

CHERRILYNN BISBANO said...

Katherine, Thank you for the encouragement. Our prayer is that by looking back we all can have the strength to go forward. Merry Christmas