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Jesus is the Messiah


Categorized list of messianic prophecies fulfilled by Jesus

The Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament were fulfilled through Jesus Christ our Savior and Many more will be fulfilled when he reigns again in the Millennial Kingdom.

 

JESUS DECLARED THAT HE WAS THE MESSIAH AS PROPHESIED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

 

Synagogue prayers contain the expression, "our Father [Avinu] who is in heaven," many times, and Jesus taught his disciples to pray this way, however "My Father", almost certainly must have seemed improper to the Jews of that Period.

Only once in Hebrew Scripture is God referred to as "my Father," and that is in Psalm 89, which speaks of the coming Messiah.

Psalm 89:26  

He will call to me, 'Avi ata' - 'You are my Father.'

Second Samuel 7:14 also contains a prophecy about the Messiah:

'I will be to him a father, and he will be to me a son.'

Psalm 2:7 

'I will proclaim the decree of the Lord:  He said to me, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father".'

This is the Hebraic way of expressing messiahship - it is the way the Holy Spirit spoke and the way Jesus spoke.

Even as early as age 12 Jesus refers to God as "My Father"

Luke 2:49  "Why were you searching for me?", he asked.  "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" 

Jesus continues to use the term throughout the Gospel accounts a total of forty times. 

Isaiah 35:5

"Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.  Then will the lame leap like a deer and the mute tongue shout for joy."

Jesus declared that he was the Messiah by the things that he did.  When John asked the Baptist asked "Are you the coming one, or shall we look for someone else?" in Matthew 11:3, Jesus responded "Go and report to John the things which you hear and see: the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them".(Matthew 11:5). 

 

Zechariah 9:9

"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! 

Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! 

Behold your King is coming to you;

He is just and endowed with salvation,

Humble, mounted on a donkey,

 Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

 

Jesus declared Himself to be Messiah by His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. 

Daniel prophesied that the Messiah would come like the Son of Man. 

Daniel 7:13, 14

I kept looking in the night visions,

And behold, with the clouds of heaven

One like a Son of Man was coming,

And he came up to the Ancient of Days

And was presented before Him.  And to Him was given dominion,

Glory and a kingdom,

That all the peoples, nations, and men of every language

Might serve Him.

His dominion is an everlasting dominion

Which will not pass away;

And His kingdom is one

Which will not be destroyed.

 

When the High Priest asked Jesus directly if he was the Christ, he responded, "I am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven."  The term Son of Man is the way that He referred to himself and occurs 81 times in the Gospels.

 

 

PROPHECY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT FULFULLED THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

 

Daniel indicates that the Messiah had to come before the second Temple was destroyed (A.D. 70)

Daniel 9:25, 26

Know and understand this:  From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes.  There will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty two 'sevens.'  It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble.  After the sixty two 'sevens,' the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing .  The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary.  The end will come like a flood:  War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.

 

Micah 5:2 speaks of the Messiah's birthplace as  Bethlehem Ephrthah, the town where Jesus was born.

Micah 5:2

"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.

 

Isaiah 42:6 and 49:6 speak of the Messiah as a light to the Gentiles.

Isaiah 42:6

"I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand.  I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles"

 

Psalm 22 provides a graphic description of one undergoing crucifixion (even though crucifixion was unknown to the psalmist), and Jesus quoted its opening verses as He hung on the cross.

Psalm 22

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?  O my god, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent.  Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.  In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.  They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed. 

But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people.  All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads:  "He trusts in the Lord; let the Lord rescue him.  Let him deliver him, since he delights in him." 

Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother's breast.  From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother's womb you have been my God.  Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help. 

Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. 

Roaring lions tearing their prey open their mouths wide against me.

I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint.  My heart has turned to was; it has melted away within me. 

My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.  Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.  I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me.  They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing. 

But you, O lord, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.  Deliver my life from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs.  Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen. 

I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you.  You ho fear the Lord, praise him!  All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!  Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!  For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. 

From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows.  The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the Lord will praise him - may your hearts live forever!  All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.

All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him - those who cannot keep themselves alive.  Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.  They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn - for he has done it.

 

Zechariah 12:9,10 even mentions in one passage the two separate comings of the Messiah

 

Zechariah 12:9,10

And it will come about in that day that I will be about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem [second coming].  And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced [occurred at the first coming]; and they will mourn for Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born.

 

THE MESSIAH MUST SUFFER FIRST AND THEN COME AGAIN

 

 Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12 NIV, written ca 700 B.C.

See, my servant will act wisely ; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. Just as there were many who were appalled at him - his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness- so will he sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of him. For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand.

Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.  We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the Lord 's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.  After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied ; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.   Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors.  For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (1)

Acts 26:22, 23

And so, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place; that the Christ was to suffer, and that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He should be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.

 

1.  For more than 1700 years, the Jewish rabbis interpreted this passage almost unanimously as referring to the Messiah.  This fact is thoroughly documented in S.R. Driver and Adolf Neubauer's The Fifty-Third Chapter of Isaiah According to the Jewish Interpreters.  They quote numerous rabbis during this period who equated the servant of Isaiah 53 with the Messiah.  Not until the twelfth century A.D., no doubt under the suffering of the Jews at the hand of the Crusaders, did any Jewish interpreter say that Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12 refers to the whole nation of Israel, the most common interpretation today among Jewish scholars.  Even after Rashi first proposed this interpretation, however, many other Jewish interpreters have held, even to the present, the traditional Talmudic view that Isaiah 53 speaks of the Messiah.  One of the most respected Jewish intellectuals of all history, Moses Maimonides rejected Rashi's interpretation, and he taught that the passage was messianic. 

Isaiah 52:14 further proves wrong the view that the Servant is Israel  when it compares the Nation of Israel to the servant:  "Just as many were astonished at you, My people, so his appearance was marred more than any man."  In 53:8, the servant bears punishment that should have been born by "my people" (obviously Israel).  It makes no sense for the nation of Israel to bear substitutionary punishment for the nation of Israel.  Therefore Israel cannot be the servant of Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12.

The key to identifying the servant in Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is to see who he is in the three previous "servant songs" of Isaiah 42:1-9; 49:1-12; and 50:4-9.  These passages speak of the servant, for example, establishing justice in the earth (Isaiah 42:4) and regathering the Jewish people from worldwide exile (Isaiah 49:8-13).  Even Isaiah 49:3 does not say that Israel is the servant; rather it says that the servant (Messiah) is the true Israel!  Verse 5 and 6 go on to say "Now says the Lord, who formed Me from the womb to be His servant...'to raise up the tribes of Jacob (Israel), and to restore the preserved ones of Israel.'"  The point is that Jacob (Israel) had gone astray, especially from the commission God gave to him: "In you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed" (Genesis 28:14).  The Servant (Messiah) was now to stand in Israel's place to do two things:  (1)to bring the nation of Israel back to God (Isaiah 49:5); and (2) to be a light to the nations.

Categorized list of messianic prophecies fulfilled by Jesus


 


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