Dear Readers, Beloved of God,
Greetings in the name of Jesus! Welcome to the second part of “The Life and Person of Jesus Christ.” I pray you enjoyed the first part adequately and will continue to accompany me on this exciting journey! As I mentioned in the first part, it is imperative that you believe the Holy Bible to be the inspired and infallible Word of God. It only takes faith the size of mustard seed to believe and receive! If you do not believe this, then the journey will be foolishness to you and have no value. You want proof of this you ask? Consider this scripture:
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
(1 Corinthians 1:18) NKJV
Let us not fall into the “perishing” category! In this second part we will consider some prophecies concerning this man Jesus. First of all, what is a prophecy? It is God speaking through a servant (Prophet) to describe a coming event long before it happens. There are over 400 prophecies in the Old Testament which point to the coming Messiah and to His life, trial, crucifixion, death, and resurrection! Jesus Christ perfectly fulfilled every single one of them! The odds of someone doing that who was not the Messiah are too great to even figure. In fact it is impossible! The Bible predicted all the main events that accompanied Jesus long before He placed one foot upon earth.
I am going to provide you with an event and the scriptures to support it. I’m doing this to encourage you to open your Bible and see for yourself these truths. I also encourage you to “check” my work! I know you will be blessed and it will only take you ten to twenty minutes to surf back and forth between the Testaments. Be sure to read the Old Testament scriptures first. The following are some of the Old Testament prophecies and their New Testament fulfillment:
The Messiah (Jesus) was to be rejected.
(Isaiah 53:3; John 1:11)
He was to be betrayed by one of His close followers and friends.
(Psalm 41:9; Mark 14:10
He was to be sold for thirty (30) pieces of silver.
(Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:15)
He was to be silent before His accusers.
(Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 26:62-63)
He was to be smitten and spat upon.
(Isaiah 50:6-5; Mark 14:65)
He was to bring healing to the people.
(Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:14-17)
He was to be mocked and taunted.
(Psalm 22:6-8; Matthew 27:39-40)
He was to suffer with transgressors and pray for His enemies.
(Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 27:38; Luke 23:34)
His hands and feet were to be pierced.
(Psalm 22:16; John 20:27)
He was to be given gall and vinegar.
(Psalm 69:21; John 19:29)
His side was to be pierced.
(Zechariah 12:10; John 19:34)
They were to cast lots for His garments.
(Psalm 22:18; Mark 15:24)
He was to be buried with the rich.
(Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57-60)
He was to be a sacrifice for sin.
(Isaiah 53:5, 8, 10, 12; John 1:29)
He was to be raised from the dead.
(Psalm 16:10; Matthew 28:9)
He was to ascend to the right hand of God.
(Psalm 68:18; Luke 24:50-51)
He was to come again.
(Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 24:30)
Jesus Himself declared He was the Son of God! (John 10:36) This is a serious statement considering blasphemy was punishable by death, but nonetheless, Jesus boldly declared that He is the Son of God! It is “humanly” impossible for one man to be the fulfillment of so many prophecies! This kind of attention to detail and prediction can only be of the divine! The prophecies I have shared with you do not even scratch the surface concerning the coming Messiah! They are sufficient enough though, to aid in obtaining the answer we seek.
Beloved be sure to come back for part three. I am going to show other unique qualities concerning Jesus using the Sermon on the Mount and in part four the parables of Jesus. We are getting close to the end of our journey and will have to decide, Is Jesus the son of God? Will we be able to declare as the centurion of old, “…Truly this was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54)
He made this declaration after having taken part in the physical crucifixion of Jesus! The centurion was convinced; will we join him in this revelation? We shall see…