In many of our churches, today we celebrate the first day of the Advent season,
when we commemorate the expectant wait for the Messiah. Below are some Old
Testament passages, along with correlating New Testament ones, which predict
Isa 49:6-7 (NRSV) He says, "It is too light a thing that
you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the
survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that
my salvation may reach to the end of the earth." Thus says the LORD, the
Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by
the nations, the slave of rulers, "Kings shall see and stand up, princes,
and they shall prostrate themselves, because of the LORD, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."
John 1:6-12 (NRSV) There was a man sent from God, whose
name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all
might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify
to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming
into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through
him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his
own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed
in his name, he gave power to become children of God.
Isa 40:3 (NRSV) A voice cries out: "In the wilderness
prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway
for our God."
Mark 1:1-4 (NRSV)The beginning of the good news of Jesus
Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, "See, I am
sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the
voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,'" John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness,
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
Isa 9:6-7 (NRSV) For a child has been born for us, a
son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful
Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority
shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of
David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and
with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of
the LORD of hosts will do this.
Luke 1:30-33 (NRSV) The angel said to her, "Do not be
afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.And now, you will conceive
in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great,
and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to
him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of
Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."
Isa 7:14 (NRSV) Therefore the Lord himself will give
you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son,
and shall name him Immanuel.
Mat 1:23 (NRSV)"Look, the virgin shall conceive and
bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,"which means, "God is with