Christmas in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah
Isaiah 1:3 The ox knows its owner and the donkey its master’s crib
Luke 2:6-7 While they (Mary and Joseph) were there (Bethlehem) the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to a son, her first born. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them at the inn. Full passage – Luke 2:1-26
Isaiah 7:14 – Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Luke 1:31-34 ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end. Full passage Luke 1:26-38
Isaiah 9:5-7 For there is a child born for us, a son given to us and dominion is laid on his shoulders; and this is the name they give him: Wonder Counsellor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Wide is his dominion in a peace that has no end, for the throne of David and for his royal power, which he establishes and makes secure in justice and integrity. From this time onwards and for ever.
2 Samuel 7:12 (God speaks through the prophet Nathan to King David) ‘And when your days are ended and you are laid to rest with your ancestors, I will preserve the offspring of your body and make his sovereignty secure.’ Verse 16 – ‘Your house and your sovereignty will always stand secure before me
Isaiah 11: 1-9 A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse, a scion thrusts from his roots: on him the Spirit of the Lord rests, a spirit of wisdom and insight, a spirit of counsel and power, a spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord……
Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus (after Joseph his guardian) – Mt 1:1-17.
Luke’s genealogy of Jesus (after Mary his mother) – Luke 3:23-38
(Have a look for David and Jesse in these long lists of names.)
Mark 10:47 When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Isaiah 60:6 -Vast caravans of camels will converge on you, the camels of Midian and Ephah. The people of Sheba will bring gold and frankincense and will come worshiping the LORD.
Matthew 2:11 They (the wise men) saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did him homage. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. Full passage Mt 2:1-12
We can also see John the Baptist in the book of Isaiah;
Isaiah 40:3 A voice cries, ‘Prepare in the wilderness a way for the Lord.’
Matthew 3:1-3 In due course John the Baptist appeared: he preached in the wilderness of Judaea and this was his message: ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand’. This was the man Isaiah spoke of when he said: ‘A voice cries in the wilderness: prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.
Luke 1:5-25 and 57-66 – The birth of John the Baptist
We can also see Easter in the book of Isaiah:
Isaiah 53: 5 – But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Full passage Isaiah 52:13 to 53:12.
To finish then, the Nativity story is given in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. John’s Gospel gives a very good Nativity summary when he says:
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. John 1:14