PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 2:13-18
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled…” (Matthew 2:17)
It is interesting to read the original quotes that Matthew says were fulfilled.
The quote by Hosea is about how how God rescued his people Israel from Egypt (Hosea 11).
The quote by Jeremiah refers the to when the children of Israel were taken into exile.
But it comes in a promise that God will rescue and restore his people (Jeremiah 31).
Neither of these quotes is speaking about Jesus, and yet somehow he fulfills them.
Jesus is a part of Israel’s story, and so his coming ties it all together.
Jesus is the fulfillment to EVERY hint of hope in the Jewish bible.
Jesus is the best version of EVERY hero and leader in the Jewish history.
In a sense, Jesus is Israel itself, the key to the blessing of the nations (Genesis 12:2-3).
Sin and death are brutal (Rachel still weeps), but God won’t let Satan (Herod) win!
As a Jesus follower, Jesus is how my whole story fits together too.
When I am struggling in life, uncertain or discouraged, I see myself in Jesus.
He fulfills my life, leading me through life and death to new life again!
Do you see the pieces of your life somehow revealing Jesus, and your victory in him?
Lord, you are the fulfillment of all my hopes and needs as well. Help me to cling to this, even in seasons when it is really hard, even when the tears are flowing.