The Old Testament is filled with many prophecies and miracles. These are signs God uses to show people He wants to tell them something or direct them as they travel through life; much like a One Way sign points the right way.
Ultimately these Old Testament signs always point to Jesus Christ; the Messiah. The fulfillment of all these signs was itself a sign—the Christmas Sign.
An angel appeared to lowly shepherds and told them “not to be afraid.” Thus we read:
I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased” (Luke 2:10-14)
What was the sign? “a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger”? Yes that was the sign.
But the previous verse in Luke explains that this baby was God Himself come down to earth! Furthermore He was our Messiah and the Savior. Really?
Yes really! God buttressed this through the prophets and the angel who told us:
. . . an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. . . . and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” (Mt. 1:20-23).
Jesus himself declared:
No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man (John 3:13).
This little baby was the Creator of the Cosmos. He was the Son of God who put off His glory and came, not even as a full grown man, but a baby.
God came down in man’s most vulnerable and defenseless form; a baby. A baby born into poverty, a baby who had to grow up to manhood and face all the problems, trials, and temptations any of us do and more.
Yet throughout his entire life on earth Jesus remained perfect—without sin.
The sign wasn’t just a baby in a cow’s trough. The sign for us was this was Jesus and what He did for us.
He was beaten for us. He bore our sins for us and thus was crucified for us. They buried Jesus in a guarded, borrowed tomb; yet He rose bodily from that tomb, defeating death and the grave. He lives today—it was prophesied so.
He ascended to God the Father and sits at His right hand.
Christ also promised to return. He will return as King and Conqueror. He will return to take His Church home to Himself (John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17).
Jesus the Christ is the True Sign.
Follow that sign. Accept His gift bought by His blood for you by putting your trust in Him for your life and earth and your life in eternity.