Foretold & Fulfilled: A Youth Christmas Program

Foretold and Fulfilled:
The Story of Christ’s Birth, from Eden to Bethlehem
by Pastor Joshua Scheer (adapted for Zion, Summit by Eric Andersen)

Garden IconSynopsis:
The story of Jesus’ birth begins long before the New Testament. In fact, it goes back all the way before creation (Ephesians 1:4). Today’s youth program begins in the Garden of Eden, where right after the fall into sin, God reveals the first promise of the coming Savior to Adam (Genesis 3:15). We continue by hearing the promise of the Savior’s birth to Abraham (Genesis 12, 17, & 22), Moses (Deuteronomy 18), David (2 Samuel 7, Psalm 132), the Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Micah, and Malachi), and Mary (Luke 1:26—38). We then behold the fulfillment of the promise with the birth of our Lord in Bethlehem (Luke 2). The program concludes with words from St. Paul from Acts 13, who declares the fulfillment of all the Old Testament promises in Jesus.

The Promise Foretold: Christ Promised to Adam

Narrator: Nativity Icon
It wasn’t long after our God finished His work of Creation that things began to go very badly. Our first parents, the first human beings, Adam and Eve soon trusted the word of the serpent instead of the Word of God, and in so doing brought all of humanity under the curse of sin. But God is a gracious God who had prepared for this and sought to win us back by giving us a Word of Promise, the promise that someday a man, the Seed of the Woman would come and crush the head of the serpent. Listen to Adam as he tells us what God told him.

Adam:
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your seed and her Seed;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)

Hymn: Dear Christians, One and All Rejoice (st. 2 & 4)

The Promise Foretold: Christ Promised to Abraham
Narrator:
As time went on and more people were born, the people forget about God and His Promise to send Jesus. Sin had become so great that God chose to Flood the whole world. But God is always faithful to His promise and preserved believing Noah and his family on the Ark. Hundreds of years after the Flood, the people needed a reminder of the Promise. This time God spoke to faithful Abraham.

Sarah:
My husband Abraham was told by God:
Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. (Genesis 12:7) God also said:

And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. (Genesis 17:7)

I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” (Genesis 22:17-18)

Hymn: See amid the Winter’s Snow (st. 1 & refrain)

The Promise Foretold: Christ Promised to Moses
Narrator:
As time passed, the people of God found themselves trapped in slavery in Egypt. God raised up Moses and Aaron to lead them out. God revealed through Moses that this Promised One would be a great prophet. Moses tells us what God told him.

Moses:
“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen (Deuteronomy 18:15).

Hymn: O Come, O Come Emmanuel (st. 1 & 3)

The Promise Foretold: Christ Promised to David
Narrator:
The people were free and in the Promised Land but soon forgot about the God who brought them out of Egypt and into this land of milk and honey. But God was faithful to His promise, and after the time of the Judges passed, the time for a king had come. Even after the faithlessness of King Saul, the Lord was faithful in calling David as a young boy to be the King over Israel. David received an even greater blessing than his kingdom, because God had planned for the Promised Seed to come through him.

David:
I am God’s servant David, God told me…
“Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever (2 Samuel 7:11b-13).

Psalmist:
Psalm 132 says:
The LORD swore to David a sure oath
from which he will not turn back:
“One of the sons of your body
I will set on your throne. (Psalm 132:11)

Hymn: O Come, O Come Emmanuel (st. 4 & 5)

The Promise Foretold: Christ Promised through the Prophets
Narrator:
Again the people of God forgot about the promises of God. They rebelled and served other gods, and sought their security not in the Lord, but instead through earthly alliances. God, who is always faithful brought Israel a remembrance of Who it was yet to come, the Seed promised to David, the Promised Seed of long ago through many of the prophets. God spoke through the prophet Isaiah:

Isaiah:
It is written:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

And again He said:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

Narrator:
God also spoke through the prophet Jeremiah:

Jeremiah:
God promised security and righteousness for His people:
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’ (Jeremiah 23:5-6)

Narrator:
God spoke through Ezekiel:

Ezekiel:
God promised to send a gentle and Good Shepherd from the line of David:
And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the LORD; I have spoken. (Ezekiel 34:23-24)

Narrator:
God spoke through Micah:

Micah:
The Lord declared that the Promised Seed would come from the little town of Bethlehem. It is written:
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. (Micah 5:2)

Narrator:
God spoke through Malachi, the last of the prophets for four hundred years:

Malachi:
After a long time of silence, God gave a final sign of the Promised seed. He said:
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. (Malachi 4:5)

Hymn: Lo, How a Rose

The Promise Fulfilled: The Birth of Jesus Foretold
Narrator:
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)

The fullness of time had come. It was time for God to fulfill His promises that He had made.

Reader:
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name 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 father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:26-38)

Narrator:
Mary was overjoyed at the promise that God had given to her. As with all Christians, she rejoiced at the coming
of this Promised Seed, the Son of God but also the Son of Mary. God gave Mary a song to sing after telling me that I was to be the mother of Jesus…

Hymn: My Soul Rejoices

The Promise Fulfilled: The Birth of Jesus
Narrator:
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who
was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. (Luke 2:1-6)

Reader:
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)

Reader:
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, (Luke 2:8-13)

Angels:
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:14)

Hymn: Angels We Have Heard on High

Reader:
The Apostle Paul preached this about this Promised One, Jesus Christ:

Of this man’s offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised. “Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation. For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. And though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, they asked Pilate to have him executed. And when they had carried out all that was
written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus. Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. (Acts 13:23, 26-33a, 38-39)



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