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An Ancient Christmas: The Lord

An Ancient Christmas: The Lord

A couple of years ago, Sovereign Grace Music released a Christmas album titled Prepare Him Room. It is a mixture of traditional Christmas songs and Sovereign Grace originals. One of my favourite tracks is an older classic—“O Holy Night”—but with new lyrics for...
An Ancient Christmas: The Despised

An Ancient Christmas: The Despised

The Old Testament, we have seen, is filled with prophecies of the coming Messiah. Christmas truly has ancient origins, stretching back to the very dawn of human history. But of all the ancient prophecies of Messiah, perhaps the best known by Christian readers of the...
An Ancient Christmas: The Shepherd

An Ancient Christmas: The Shepherd

As you consider the many ancient prophecies of Christmas, certain themes blend together. We have seen, for example, that several messianic prophecies highlight the justice that Messiah would bring. Several focus on the peace that Messiah would bring. Another common...
An Ancient Christmas: The Ruler

An Ancient Christmas: The Ruler

The last three articles in the ancient Christmas series have focused on Isaiah’s prophecy. Around the same time that Isaiah ministered to Judah, a lesser-known prophet ministered in the small Jewish town of Moresheth, some 35km south of Jerusalem. Though less famous...
An Ancient Christmas: The Servant

An Ancient Christmas: The Servant

As we continue tracing the prophecies of an ancient Christmas, I trust you have noticed that the prophecies tend to arise in response to crisis. God first helps his people to see their deep need of his help before he gives the various prophecies we have been...
An Ancient Christmas: The Branch

An Ancient Christmas: The Branch

In a previous article in this series, we considered Isaiah’s prophecy of the virgin. The background to that prophecy will prove helpful here, too, for Isaiah delivered this prophecy likely during the reign of the same king: Ahaz. As we noted previously, Isaiah...