“And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet…” Matthew 2:5 (Micah 5:2)(KJV)

“And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called My Son.” Matthew 2:15 (Hosea 11:1)

“Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying…” Matthew 2:17 (Jeremiah 31:15)

“And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.” Matthew 2:23

“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so…” are the words of an old, and often called “Children’s Hymn”.  I disagree with the “Children’s Hymn” part, unless you refer to all those who are “Children of God” through the blood of the cross of Jesus Christ.

Those words to that song were used in a pastor’s sermon some weeks ago, and some have bashed the man for his lack of agreement with the words.  I have not heard him, neither read the transcript, but I will leave you with this.

The reason I used the above verses is that they are verses relevant to the first coming of Jesus Christ as a baby born in a manger in Bethlehem.  They were written some hundreds of years prior to the advent of His birth – maybe seven hundred to eight hundred years prior.  Were the verses of the Old Testament relevant for that time?  Most definitely.

The verses above declare the fulfillment of those prophecies.  Let me leave you with this thought.  If the Old Testament was relevant for Jesus in His day; then the Old and New Testaments are most definitely relevant for 2016 and beyond.

Jesus does love you and me.  This I know and am assured of because the Bible tells me so.

Hear the word of the LORD.

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