The Old Testament contains several hundred references and some 60 direct prophecies concerning the coming Messiah - - all of which, of course, were fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ. For example:
1) The Messiah was to come from the seed of Abraham; 2) He would come through the line of Isaac (Genesis 21:12) - - which eliminates one-half of the lineage of Abraham; 3) He would be of the line of Jacob (Num. 24:17) - - which eliminates one-half of the lineage of Isaac; 4) He would come from the tribe of Judah (Gen.49:10) - - which now eliminates eleven-twelfths of the tribes of Israel; 5) He would come from the family of Jesse, namely the house of David (Isa. 11:1) - - which eliminates all of Jesse’s sons except David; 6) He would be born in the town of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) - - which eliminates all the cities of the world except one; 7) and the “clincher”, He would be conceived and born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14).
Other prophetic statements concerning the Messiah include: He would receive gifts from the Magi; He would come out of Egypt; He would be known as a Nazarene; He would be preceded by a messenger (John The Baptist); He would receive special anointing of the Holy Spirit (Christ means Anointed One); He would begin His ministry in Galilee; He would enter Jerusalem on a donkey; He would be sold for 30 pieces of silver; He would be crucified between two thieves; He would be buried in a rich man’s grave; He would be resurrected on the third day and ascend into heaven; etc.
These and other Old Testament declarations establish a solid confirmation of Jesus’ credentials as Messiah, and that He alone could be that “Babe in the Manger”. In fact, scholars have determined that the probability of a single person fulfilling all of the Old Testament prophecies is only one chance in 10 to the 127th power! We can, therefore, be confident in the fact that Jesus is indeed exactly who He says He is!