118-102 Prophesies About Jesus Introduction
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“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.” (John 21:25)
The scope of this discussion is that the Word of God itself testifies that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior of all mankind. We will explore the over 300 hundred prophesies in the Old Testament Scriptures and look at how they were fulfilled in the New Testament Scriptures. We will look at about 100 hundred of them. First let us look at who Jesus is and how we should relate to Him in our lives.
When I think of who Jesus is I look to the announcement of the Prophet Isaiah. “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7) The first question that comes to mind is what do I do with Jesus? It is a question that we all must answer. To ether accept Him or to reject Him. My answer to this question is that I want to know Him intimately, personally, I want to set Him as the goal as to who I should become as, and the person that I want to spend my life here in this world and the next with. To accomplish this I purpose in my heart to serve Him as my Lord and Savior now and forevermore.
How can we know God our Creator? We know God the Creator through our Lord Jesus. “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.” (John 14:9-10) Jesus was a man unlike any man that has ever lived on this earth. No man on this earth has ever lived a life in complete righteousness as the Apostle Peter testified, “Who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth.” (1 Peter 2:22) No man but Jesus has been able to speak to the hearts of men and teach them the spiritual truths that lead to everlasting life, as attested to by the Pharisee Nicodemus, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” (John 3:2) Other Pharisees sent officers to arrest Him but returned to testify to the Pharisees they were unable to arrest Him. “The officers answered, “Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks.” (John 7:46) To this day the wise men seek Him as they did in the days of His birth. “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem.” (Matthew 2:1)
In the world today, as in the day of Jesus, many false religions, cults, even ministers and professors in religious institutions deny the deity of Jesus. They deny His Virgin birth that He was sent by God to reconcile man unto God through His work on the Roman Cross where He paid the price for the sin of the world, and His resurrection from the grave. Yet Jesus is fully God and fully man and if we know Him as our personal Lord and Savior, then we have peace with God and fellowship.
It is of the greatest importance for each of us to know Him and to know what He came to earth to accomplish. This is of the greatest importance that we found our faith on the rock of His truth and to give solid witness to those who have gone astray from that truth. We find the following truths recorded in the Scripture written over a period of 1600 hundred years by forty plus writers who were inspired by the Holy Spirit of God. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Jesus Always existed:
Jesus has existed before the beginning of time as man knows it. He appeared many times as the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament Scriptures. Jesus became incarnate in Bethlehem by His birth through a Virgin woman named Mary. Jesus always existed as He is the second person of the trinity of the Godhead. We read in the Gospel of John, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) The Apostle John gives us another description of Jesus at His second coming and titles Him as the Word of God. “He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.” (Revelation 19:13) Jesus is further described in John that the Word became flesh and lived amongst men. “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) Jesus Himself stated that He was the beginning and the end. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8) Before the first coming of Jesus the Prophet Isaiah foretold His coming by the LORD and used the same statement concerning His eternal presence. “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.” (Isaiah 44:6)
The birthplace of the Messiah was foretold to us by the Prophet Micah and would be in the town of Bethlehem. Because He grew up in the town of Nazareth many of the Jewish leaders of His day missed this truth. “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.” (Micah 5:2) The Apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote that Jesus was before the beginning, created all things and through Him all things exist. “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17) John in his gospel testifies of the same truth. “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” (John 1:3)
Jesus is fully God and fully man.
1450 years before the birth of Jesus it was written in Genesis by Moses that the Messiah would be born of a woman, as He was speaking to that Serpent of old. “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” (Genesis 3:15) The Prophet Isaiah told us that a virgin would be with child and give birth to the Messiah. “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14 Immanuel means “God with us.” Jesus had to be born by the over shadowing of the Holy Spirit so His blood, which comes from the Father, would not be tainted human blood. Jesus had to be born of a woman so that he would be fully man and born of God the Father so that He would be fully God. “The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35) Therefore Jesus is born of God and born of a woman and is both God and man.
It was the purpose of the Father that His Son would be the sacrifice for the sins of the world.
God is love and because of His great love for man He sent His only begotten Son to reconcile man unto God the Father. “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:18) That if man would only believe that this is the purpose of Jesus and trust in His blood sacrifice as payment for their sin and follow Him in faith they can receive eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) The Prophet Isaiah speaks of the great price and suffering that Jesus would have to endure that our sins might be forgiven. “But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) Before the foundations were laid it was God’s plan that His Son would come and be the Holy Lamb that would be sacrificed that man may be forgiven for His transgressions against God’s Word. “All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.” (Revelation 13:8)
The kingdom of the earth shall become the Kingdom of God and Jesus will reign as the King.
The Psalmist prophesized a thousand years before the birth of Jesus that He would return a Second time and come in judgement, power and with glory and take His throne. “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.” (Psalm 45:6) We see this verse again in Hebrews where God the Father declares it to the God the Son. “But of the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, And the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.” (Hebrews 1:8)
In Isaiah we read that God is our Savior, it is His purpose that no man should perish. “I, even I, am the LORD, And there is no savior besides Me.” (Isaiah 43:11) There is but one God, all others gods are manmade either physically or imaginatively. There is one creation and one Creator. “Do not tremble and do not be afraid; Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me, Or is there any other Rock? I know of none.” (Isaiah 44:8) To understand the truths of the Scriptures we must accept on faith the trinity of the Godhead. There is one God in essence but yet in three separate distinct persons. Therefore we baptize in the name of all three. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19)
Jesus has existed since and before the beginning, He has always existed and He always will. Jesus is the second person in the Godhead and the first implication of the Godhead is seen in Genesis. “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26)
Jesus is fully God as He was born of the flesh of a virgin named Mary. And, He is fully God as the Holy Spirt came over Mary and planted the holy seed in her womb.
Jesus came to reconcile man unto God by paying man’s sin debt. The Law of God’s Word cannot save a man because man cannot keep the full letter of the Law. Man cannot pay his way into salvation because the wage of sin is death. Therefore out of His love for mankind Jesus sacrificed Himself upon the cross to pay the debt for man’s sin. This was the will of the Father and the purpose of Jesus. “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)
Jesus came as the Lamb of God to provide a way that man can come into a fellowship with God the Father and He will return a second time as the Lion of Judah. “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:5) Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead for He is the just and the justifier. “But they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” (1 Peter 4:5) And each will be rewarded according to their deeds. “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.” (Revelation 22:12)
God testifies of His Son Jesus Christ. “While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5) Jesus testified of Himself as the Son of God. “Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.” (John 5:19) Now we will look and see that the Scriptures testify of Him as well that Jesus is the Son of God.