Signs of the Messiah
Isa 7:14; Micah 5:1-2; Luke 2:12 & 25-30

Isa 7:14
14 "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. (NAS)

Micah 5:1-2
1 "Now muster yourselves in troops, daughter of troops; they have laid siege against us; with a rod they will smite the judge of Israel on the cheek. 2 "But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, {too} little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity."

Luke 2:12
12 "And this {will be} a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger." (NAS)

Luke 2:25-40
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, 28 then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 "Now Lord, Thou dost let Thy bond- servant depart In peace, according to Thy word; 30 For my eyes have seen Thy salvation,
 
 

1.    Sign In the Prophecy. Isa 7:14


14 "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. (NAS)

A.    Sign of the Virgin Birth.
        1.    Types of Births
            a.    Adam and Eve.
            b.    Abraham, Sarah and Isaac
            c.    John the Baptist.
            d.    Jesus Virgin Born

Illustration Emmanuel (God With Us)
The Stunning Impact of Christmas: An old pioneer traveled westward across the great plains until he came to an abrupt halt at the edge of the Grand Canyon. He gawked at the sight before him: a vast chasm one mile down, eighteen miles across, and more than a hundred miles long! He gasped, "Something musta happened here!"     James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited, Tyndale, 1972, p. 86.

Application

A visitor to our world at Christmas time, seeing the lights, the decorations, the trees, the parades, the festivities, and the religious services, would also probably say, "Something must have happened here!" Indeed, something did happen. God came to our world on the first Christmas.

There is a Messiah Sign In the Prophecy.
 
 

2.    Sign In the Place. Micah 5:1-2


1 "Now muster yourselves in troops, daughter of troops; they have laid siege against us; with a rod they will smite the judge of Israel on the cheek. 2 "But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, {too} little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity."

A.    The Wise Men asked the Question Matt 2:2
        ""Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw (NAS)

B.    The Priest and Scribes knew about Bethlehem. Mt 2:3-5
        3 And when Herod the king heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he {began} to inquire of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 And they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it has been written by the prophet,
        1.    Notice the words of Micah. v 2 b
                ". . . His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity."

Illustration
The Place was a stable because there was not room in the Inn.    Is there room in our lives and celebrations?

A television interviewer was walking the streets of Tokyo at Christmas time. Much as in America, Christmas shopping is a big commercial success in Japan. The interviewer stopped one young women on the sidewalk, and asked, "What is the meaning of Christmas?" Laughing, she responded, "I don't know. Is that the day that Jesus died?" There was some truth in her answer.    Donald L. Deffner, Seasonal Illustrations, Resource, 1992, p. 16.

Application

There is a Messiah Sign In the Place
 
 

3. Sign In the Possessions. Lk. 2:12


 "And this {will be} a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger." (NAS)

A.    Strange Place for A King to be born.
 

B.    Strange Cover for A King.

Illustration The Saving Power of a Baby
Harry Emerson Fosdick told the story of General Pickett's baby. It was during the last slaughterous days of the Civil War when the Confederates locked horns with the Union soldiers outside of Richmond. It was the cruelest time of the whole war.

Then one night the Confederate lines were lighted with bonfires, and the Union guards discovered that the Southern troops were celebrating General Pickett's newborn baby, word of whose arrival had just reached the army. General Grant was so moved by the event that he ordered the Union lines to help the Confederates celebrate the birth of Pickett's baby by lighting up the scene with additional bonfires. The next day Grant's officers sent a graceful letter through the lines under a flag of truce, communicating to General Pickett the congratulations of his enemies!

Isn't that incredible? For a moment, at least, the insanity and slaughter of war stopped, and good will and peace prevailed -- and it was all because of a baby!     John Thomas Randolph, The Best Gift, CSS, 1983, pp. 26.

Application

There is a Messiah Sign In the Possessions.
 
 

4.    Sign In the Promise. Luke 2:25-30


25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.   26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, 28 then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 "Now Lord, Thou dost let Thy bond- servant depart In peace, according to Thy word; 30 For my eyes have seen Thy salvation,

A.    A Promise Heard. v 25-26

B.    A Promise Seen. v 27-29
 

Illustration
A young American engineer was sent to Ireland by his company to work in a new electronics plant. It was a two-year assignment that he had accepted because it would enable him to earn enough to marry his long-time girlfriend. She had a job near her home in Tennessee, and their plan was to pool their resources and put a down payment on a house when he returned.

They corresponded often, but as the lonely weeks went by, she began expressing doubts that he was being true to her, exposed as he was to comely Irish lasses.

The young engineer wrote back, declaring with some passion that he was paying absolutely no attention to the local girls. "I admit," he wrote, "that sometimes I'm tempted. But I fight it. I'm keeping myself for you."

In the next mail, the engineer received a package. It contained a note from his girl and a harmonica. "I'm sending this to you," she wrote, "so you can learn to play it and have something to take your mind off those girls." The engineer replied, "Thanks for the harmonica. I'm practicing on it every night and thinking of you."

At the end of his two-year stint, the engineer was transferred back to company headquarters. He took the first plane to Tennessee to be reunited with his girl. Her whole family was with her, but as he rushed forward to embrace her, she held up a restraining hand and said sternly, "Just hold on there a minute, Billy Bob. Before any serious kissin' and huggin' gets started here, let me hear you play that harmonica!" Bits & Pieces, October 15, 1992, Page 17-18

Application

There is a Messiah Sign In the Promise.
 
 

5. Sign In the Power. Matt 1:21


        "And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins."

A.    The Power To Redeem

Illustration "Dr. Bill Rambo" <brambo@mailcity.com>
A couple of years ago, while I served as temporary prison chaplain here in Texas, a man was saved that showed drastic change. His name was Charley. He was the first inmate to respond to the gospel invitation while I served at the prison unit. Charley was 48 years old, serving time for killing a man in a gang war. He said he had not been to church since he was a kid, and never even thought about God. He said he wanted to surrender his life to the Lord and turn from his sins. I prayed with him, shared his testimony with the inmates and the service ended.

That week I ran into Charley in the compound. He walked up to me with a big smile on his face and said: "Chaplain, see this smile? Jesus put it there." Time and again, Charley would tell me the same thing. He became a real witness for the Lord in prison. I left the prison about six months later. A year after that, they invited me to come back for a special celebration. Was I amazed when I saw Charley up on the state. He was a changed man. He shared his testimony before about 300 inmates. He looked out at me and said: "Chaplain - the Lord put this smile on my face and in my heart...and it's still there."

Application

I saw more lives changed while I served as prison chaplain than I have seen on the outside. I saw remarkable changes in the lives of inmates, who unashamedly shared their witness of what Christ had done for them. I saw them endure extreme hardship among fellow inmates because they took a stand for Christ. Thanks for letting me share that. God bless you, Jim. Keep preaching Jesus.   

Sign In the Prophecy.

Sign In the Place.

Sign In the Possessions.

Sign In the Promise

Sign In the Power