Martin Luther called the Old Testament “the manger in which Christ lies.” Hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus, the prophets foretold of the day when a Messiah would come. Malachi spoke of the messenger who would prepare His way. Micah spoke of the town of Bethlehem as the place of His nativity. Hosea spoke of God’s new exodus as He called His Son out of Egypt. Isaiah spoke of the root that would grow from the stump of Jesse, who would save His people. This Advent we will behold the wonder of Christ in the prophets as we await the celebration of His birth, and are reminded how to live with eager anticipation of His return.