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CHRISTMAS PROPHECIES FULFILLED – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: Jesus’ birth and salvation message
SCRIPTURE: Gen.12:2, 49:10; Num.24:17; Dt.18:15-18;
. 2Sam.7:12-16; Ps.2:6, 110:4; Is.7:14;
. Mic.5:2; Mt.1:1,2,16,18,23, 2:6, 21:5,11;
. Lk.2:3-4; Jhn.18:37; Acts3:22-23,
. Gal.3:16; Hb.5:6-10, 6:19-20
Style: a flexible Christmas program with
. scripture readings, soliloquies, and songs.
Readers: OLD TESTAMENT READER, NEW TESTAMENT READER
Cast: JOSEPH, MARY, SHEPHERD, MAGI,
. ANNA (older woman in 80s), SIMEON (older man)
Props: scroll, Bible
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SONG 1 “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”
. by Edmund H.Sears, and Richard S. Willis
. (particularly verse 4)
JOSEPH To an Israelite, genealogy is very important.
. Even though there hasn’t been a king on
. the throne for many years, one keeps hoping.
. And Israel’s hope lies within the prophecies
. of the expected Messiah. Both my wife, Mary,
. and I - come from the line of Abraham,
. Judah, and King David. So any child of ours
. would have been able to legitimately
. and rightfully take the thrown of Israel –
. along with many other offspring
. from many OTHER families. Except that -
. the Messiah had to be the perfect King
. to bring about perfect peace. To be perfect?
. Well, this is just not possible with mankind –
. So what was most astounding about our
. firstborn – Jesus – He didn’t come from me -
. He came from God - God the Father.
. Jesus is God’s only Son. Jesus was and IS God.
. Part of the Holy Trinity. How worthy is that?
. How else could someone from our genealogy
. bless all the nations of the world for all time.
(I would suggest the New Testament reader to follow 2
quickly, but the Old Testament reader can take
a slight pause before beginning again.)
OT READER The prophecy of Jesus being from the line
. of ABRAHAM - is found in Genesis (12:2) –
. “And I will make you a great nation, and
. I will bless you, And make your name great;
. And so you shall be a blessing...”
NT READER Prophecy fulfilled. Galatians 3:16 –
. “Now the promises were spoken to Abraham
. and to his seed He does not say,
. ‘And to seeds,’ as referring
. to many, but rather to one,
. ‘And to your seed,’ that is, Christ.”
OT READER The prophecy of Jesus being from
. the line of JUDAH - in Genesis (49:10) -
. “The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
. Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet,
. Until Shiloh comes, And to him
. shall be the obedience of the peoples.”
NT READER Prophecy fulfilled. Matthew 1:2 –
. “Abraham was the father of Isaac,
. Isaac the father of Jacob, and
. Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.”
. This genealogy leads to verse 16 –
. “by whom Jesus was born,
. who is called the Messiah.”
OT READER The prophecy of Jesus being from
. the line of DAVID in 2 Samuel (7:12-13) -
. “When your days are complete
. and you lie down with your fathers,
. I will raise up your descendant after you,
. who will come forth from you,
. and I will establish his kingdom.
. He shall build a house for My name,
. and I will establish the throne
. of his kingdom forever.”
NT READER Prophecy fulfilled. Matthew 1:1 -
. “The record of the genealogy of Jesus
. the Messiah, the son of DAVID,
. the son - of Abraham.”
SONG 2 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
. by Charles Wesley, and Felix Mendelssohn
MARY Before we were married, an angel appeared
. to me to explain that I would conceive
. and bear a Son, and was to name Him Jesus.
. The angel went on to say that - He will be
. great and be called the Son of the Most High;
. and the Lord God will give Him the throne
. of His father David; and He will reign
. over the house of Jacob forever.
. (humbly looks down a moment, remembering)
. Joseph found out that I was expecting.
. Naturally, he wanted to do the right thing,
. but God sent an angel - to him - to explain
. that this Son was of the Holy Spirit.
. I don’t know, how ELSE can one believe
. that this could even happen – except -
. through the power of God’s word?
OT READER The prophecy of the virgin birth
. is found in Isaiah (7:14) - “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.”
NT READER Prophecy fulfilled. Matthew 1:18
. “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows:
. when His mother Mary had been betrothed
. to Joseph, before they came together she was
. found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.”
SONG 3 “Angels We Have Heard on High”
. traditional French carol
SHEPHERD I was with a group of shepherds one night,
. when an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared.
. It was very bright and - very frightening.
. But the angel told us not be afraid, because
. there was good news - of peace and great joy –
. for... everyone. Even including us –
. outcast members of society.
(SHEPHERD continues humbly.)
SHEPHERD We were told that we would find the Savior,
. Christ the Lord, as a baby, in a manager -
. in the city of Bethlehem. Then the sky lit up
. with angels all giving glory to God.
. As soon as they were gone, we all decided
. we HAD to go straight to Bethlehem
. to see this great and awesome thing.
OT READER The prophecy of Jesus being born
. in Bethlehem is found in Micah (5:2) -
. “’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.’”
NT READER Prophecy fulfilled. Luke 2:3-4 –
. “And everyone was on his way to register
. for the census, each to his own city.
. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the
. city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of
. David which is called - Bethlehem, because
. he was of the house and family of David.”
SONG 4 “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
. by Charles Wesley, and Rowland H.Prichard
MAGI Throughout the ages, we had the word
. passed down to us. We knew of the prophecies
. told about the coming of the King of kings.
. So when we saw His star appear,
. we set out with a large caravan – in search
. of Him. Finding ourselves in Jerusalem,
. we stopped to ask King Herod where
. this King of the Jews had been born.
. He was unaware - and questioned us,
. asking us to send word back to him
. once we had found this Child King.
. After continuing our trek, once again,
. the star led us to Jesus. With great joy
. we spent time worshiping and honoring Him.
. Then being warned in a dream not to go back
. to Herod, we returned to our homeland
. by another way. We knew this Child
. had a great purpose to fulfill - which would
. impact people of all nations - for all time.
OT READER The prophecy of Jesus being a King is
. found in Numbers (24:17) and the Psalms (2:6) -
. “I see him, but not now; I behold him,
. but not near; A star shall come forth from
. Jacob, A scepter shall rise from Israel,
. And shall crush through the forehead of Moab,
. And tear down all the sons of Sheth.”
. “But as for Me, I have installed My King
. upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
NT READER Prophecy fulfilled. John 18:37 -
. “Therefore Pilate said to Him,
. ‘So You are a king?’
. Jesus answered,
. ‘You say correctly that I am a king
. For this I have been born,
. and for this I have come into the world,
. to testify to the truth
. Everyone who is of the truth
. hears My voice.’”
SONG 5 “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
. by Henry W. Longfellow, Jean Baptiste Calkin
. (particularly verses 4 and 5)
ANNA I am Anna, the prophetess,
. daughter of Phanuel,
. of the tribe of Asher. As a widow,
. I have served at the temple,
. with fasting and prayers,
. day and night. Never leaving.
. Oh, how I longed to see the Messiah,
. the coming of our King,
. the Great Prophet-
. who would not only speak to His people
. with the message of hope and salvation,
. but would BE our hope and salvation.
. And then - I saw Him.
. When Joseph and Mary brought the baby Jesus
. to the temple where I served.
. At the very moment I happened upon
. them, I began giving thanks to God.
. And continued to speak of Him – to all those
. who were looking for the redemption
. of Jerusalem. This is the great news
. of redemption - for all people.
OT READER The prophecy of Jesus being a Prophet
. is found in Deuteronomy (18:18) -
. “I will raise up a prophet
. from among their countrymen like you,
. and I will put My words in his mouth,
. and he shall speak to them
. all that I command him.’”
NT READER Prophecy fulfilled. Matthew 21:11
. “And the crowds were saying,
. ‘This is the prophet Jesus,
. from Nazareth in Galilee.’”
SONG 6 “Once in Royal David’s City”
. by Cecil F. Alexander, Henry J. Gauntlett
. (in particular verse 4)
SIMEON The parents of Jesus were obedient
. to the law of Moses. Accordingly,
. after eight days had passed,
. Joseph named the baby –
. and Jesus was circumcised.
. Accordingly, after thirty-three more days,
. Mary completed the days for - purification.
. And accordingly, after this –
. a sin offering...
. Joseph and Mary presented an acceptable
. sacrifice of two turtledoves, because
. they could not afford to present - a lamb.
. Were they aware at that moment,
. that JESUS – was the Lamb of God –
. who would one day – become
. the ultimate sacrifice - for ALL sins?
. For many years, while serving in the temple,
. I, Simeon, so longed to see
. the consolation of Israel.
. One day the Holy Spirit had revealed to me,
. that I would not see death
. BEFORE I had seen the Lord’s Christ –
. our Messiah. And there He was – in my arms –
. when Joseph and Mary had brought Jesus
. to the temple to carry out
. for Him the custom of the Law.
. There in my arms, I blessed God,
. saying- “Now Lord, You are releasing
. Your bond-servant to depart in peace,
. According to Your word; For my eyes
. have seen Your salvation, Which You have
. prepared in the presence of all peoples,
. A LIGHT - OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES,
. And the glory - of Your people Israel."
. I am just a priest. Jesus –
. is to be our High Priest –
. to forever intercede for us
. on our behalf.
OT READER The prophecy of Jesus being a Priest
. is found in the Psalms (110:4) -
. “The LORD has sworn and will not change
. His mind, ‘You are a priest forever
. According to the order of Melchizedek.’”
NT READER Prophesy fulfilled. Hebrews 6:19-20 - 7
. “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul,
. a hope both sure and steadfast
. and one which enters within the veil,
. where Jesus has entered as a forerunner
. for us, having become a high priest forever
. according to the order of Melchizedek.”
SONG 7 “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
. by Phillips Brooks, and Lewis H.Redner
INSERT: short message from Pastor, then the
. lighting of the candles and passing of the light
. usually done while singing “Silent Night”