Muslims call us “People of the Book”, POB, a term Muslims apply to Jews and Christians.
The Creator of the Universe predicted the virgin birth at the beginning of time. [Genesis 3:15].
Over the centuries, Messiah appeared as a messenger to key individuals. He appeared in dreams, visions, and visible manifestations.
Around 733 BC, God reinforced the prophetic birth of Messiah in a revelation to King Ahaz through the prophet Isaiah, saying “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Listen carefully, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and she will call his name Immanuel (God with us).Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Listen carefully, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and she will call his name Immanuel (God with us).” [Isaiah 7:14]
Years later on, God described the work of Messiah on earth in Isaiah chapter 53. Messiah would suffer punishment for our sins and carry our iniquities. He was assigned the role of the sacrificial Lamb of God whose blood would save us from our sins.
When a contemporary mother learns she is with child, birth announcements go out. Nine months later, she holds her child in her arms for the first time.
Messiah had no earthly father. It was a divine encounter of a virgin named Mary and the Holy Spirit that spawned the child we know as Immanuel. The birth announcement was first published over 3,700 years ago, republished 1,000 years later.
On occasion of the birth of Messiah, due to travel arrangements, the lack of internet and overnight mail, there was no opportunity for pregnant Mary to enjoy a baby shower. So God sent an Angel to shepherds as he simultaneously revealed this miraculous, parthenogenetic birth of a child king of the Jews to Persian magicians.
This series of theophanies continues. For me, Messiah revealed himself in August of 1974.
Over the span of three years of earthly ministry, Messiah joined to himself faithful disciples to whom he taught principles of the Kingdom of God. Near the end, before he was crucified on a Roman cross, he asked his disciple named Simon Peter, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed), the Son of the living God.”
Simon Peter came to have an unshakeable understanding that his rabbi was indeed the Son of God prophesied from the beginning of recorded history. This understanding came not through a seminary education but by means of a divine revelation.
The annual Christmas celebration is God’s method of reintroducing each year the prophetic role of Immanuel. You can experience this divine revelation just as I did 42 years ago.
As it is written, “…there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (the Messiah).”
Millions of Muslims experience personal revelations of Messiah each year. They become People of the Book (POB), like me.
Will this be the year of your personal revelation, your personal theophany?