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Listen while you read: "Good Christian Men Rejoice"1 (Lyrics)
I learned to text, only to discover that the cell phone fancied itself a prophet. This is called predictive texting. Whenever I punched in a letter, it finished the word for me. Thus, I sent messages full of words like "spzxq". The last thing I need is a gadget that decides what I want to say. Why, I barely know that myself!
My phone doesn't know what it's talking about, but the Old Testament does. Here are only a very few of the many predictive texts, the prophetic promises about Christ's birth, His first coming, fulfilled in the New Testament:
- Jesus will come from Abraham's line. (Genesis 12:3; Matthew 1:1)
- His mother will be a virgin. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-23)
- He will be born in Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2; Luke 2:1-7)
- He will be called out of Egypt. (Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:13-14)
Now, that is predictive text that declares the truth. However, Advent is a time when we not only anticipate the anniversary of Christ's first coming, but we also look forward to His second coming. Here is some predictive text about that:
- For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 NASB)
Prayer: Lord, thanks for Your predictive text, the Word of God, which continues to stand true, no matter what. Amen.