I. Why Do We Believe He Was The Messiah?
by Brother Nathan Bryant
Over a period that spanned more than one thousand years (approximately 1,400) over two-dozen authors wrote the thirty-nine books that make up the Old Testament.
While each book contains historical accounts from a large variety of times, places, characters, and prophecies of future events; they are all based around the same theme: ‘Messiah is coming to redeem us from our fallen state’.
These prophecies written by many different authors, hundreds of years apart (under the inspiration of God) were all fulfilled through the life of One Person.
Many men through history could have claimed to fulfill a random verse or two in regards to what Messiah would be (‘they pierced my hands and my feet’ / etc), but only One Man would fulfill EVERY verse that was prophesied of Messiah down to the exact geographical locations, personal relationships He would have, the price He would be betrayed for, events surrounding His birth and death, and many more very specific prophecies that were fulfilled in Him.
The following is a Scriptural study of a few of these prophecies which most of us will identify right away as being fulfilled by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I have also included references to the New Testament verses in which they were fulfilled for those wishing to study further, or looking for definite proof that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah.
Some details of a few individual verses from Old Testament prophecies that were fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ go far beyond what any sensible person could reason away as coincidence.
To claim that The Bible is untrue after seeing the fact that ALL of the Old Testament prophecies referring to what Messiah would be were fulfilled by Him, or to imagine that they could all be fulfilled by coincidence in Him, and to still look for Messiah’s first advent goes far beyond my human understanding.
II PETER 1:21
“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
“Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
(Fulfilled in St. Matthew 1:18-23 & St. Luke 1:31-35)
Immanuel = “God with us” or “with us is God”
1) a symbolic and prophetic name of the Messiah, the Christ, prophesying that He would be born of a virgin and would be ‘God with us’
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
(Fulfilled in St. Luke 2:6-7)
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
(Fulfilled in St. Matthew 2:1-6)
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed e to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
“To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”
(Fulfilled in St. Luke 4:16-21)
“Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of My bread, hath lifted up his heel against Me.”
(Fulfilled in St. Mark 14:18-20)
“And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
“And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.”
(Fulfilled in St. Matthew 26:14-16 & St. Matthew 27:3-10)
* The previous scripture from Zechariah not only predicted the exact price for which Jesus would be betrayed, but also that Judas (after realizing he had betrayed innocent blood) would cast the money on the floor of the temple (‘in the house of the Lord’), and that it would be used instead to buy a field from a potter (which was used later to bury strangers in).
“He is despised and rejected of men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.
“Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
(Fulfilled in St. Matthew 27:26)
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
“He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth.
(Fulfilled in St. Matthew 27:12-14)
“He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? for He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was He stricken.
“And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.”
(Fulfilled in St. Matthew 27:57-60)
“I gave My back to the smiters, and My cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not My face from shame and spitting”.
(Fulfilled in St. John 19:1 & St. Matthew 26:67)
“… they pierced My hands and My feet.”
(Fulfilled in St. John 20:25-29)
“He keepeth all His bones: not one of them is broken.”
(Fulfilled in St. John 19:32-37)
“They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon My vesture.”
(Fulfilled in St. Matthew 27:35)
“They gave Me also gall for My meat; and in My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink.”
(Fulfilled in St. Matthew 27:34)
“Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors”.
(Fulfilled in St. Luke 23:32-33)
“For thou wilt not leave My soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption”.
(Fulfilled in St. Mark 16:6)
“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”
And one shall say unto Him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then He shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of My friends.
* In the following three sets of Scripture, Jesus Himself foretells when He will die, where He will die, how He will die, who will kill Him, and the events surrounding His death. There would be no way for someone to predict this aside from prophetic foresight, or by identifying themselves in Scripture that had already been prophesied.
How else could He predict not only the place He would die, but also the specific day, and the specific type of death?
Even though it was the Jewish chief priests and scribes who wanted Him to die; Jesus foretells that they would not be the ones who actually put Him to death, but that it would be the Romans, and in a Roman form of corporal punishment.
How could anyone guess, or predict by mere coincidence these details with the vast number of variables leading up to make everything happen exactly this way?
Even if an atheist or non-Christian would doubt the New Testament record that Jesus had spoken those words before His crucifixion, how can they even attempt explain away the Old Testament prophecies of the same context that were fulfilled perfectly, and precisely by The Lord Jesus?
ST. MATTHEW 20:17-19
“And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them,
“Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death,
“And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.”
ST. MATTHEW 26:2
“Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.”
ST. MARK 10:32-34
“And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him,
“Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:
“And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.”
To be continued…
Who Is Jesus? (Part II)
“What Relation Will Messiah Be To God?”
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