Jesus fulfill the messianic prophecies?
from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty
God. They all asked, 'Are you then the Son of God?' He [Jesus] replied,
"You are right in saying I am."
are not stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but
for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God."
Will God be the Messiah?
most important revelation of the messianic prophecies is the true nature
of the one to come. The scriptures assigned the coming one many different
names: the Anointed One, Messiah or Christ (which means anointed one), the
Lord, the King, the Savior, the Son of God, the Son of Man, the Holy One,
the Redeemer, and God.
these reveal that the Messiah was going to be God himself (all quotation
This is what the
Lord says - Israel's King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am
the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. Isaiah
is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is
none but me." Isaiah 45:21b NIV
For to us a
child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on
his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty
God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 NIV
"See, I will
send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the
Lord you are seeking will come to his temple;" Malachi 3:1a NIV
All this took place
to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will
be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him
Immanuel - which means 'God with us'. Isaiah 7:14, Matthew
We know that Jesus claimed to be the Messiah (Matthew 16:16, 16:20, John
1:41, 4:25). Therefore, it is clear to see why Jesus caused the uproar he
did when he used these titles in reference to himself, or when he allowed
others to so address him without correction: Jesus claimed to be God.
Again the Jews
picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, "I have shown
you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone
"We do not
stone you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy,
because you, a mere man, claim to be God."
God, as revealed in the Bible, is one God consisting of a triune nature
or three "persons": God the Father, God the Son or Messiah, and
God the Holy Spirit (further explained here).
God's triune nature is evident from a general reading of the texts which
helps to understand passages like the following:
Then God said,
'Let us make man in our own image, in our likeness,...' Genesis 1:26
Your throne, O
God, will last for ever and ever...; therefore God, your God, has set
you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. Psalm
The Lord says to
my Lord: 'Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for
your feet.' Psalm 110:1 NIV
is the facet of God we sometimes refer to as the Son of God which Jesus
claimed to be.
there sufficient testimony to know if Jesus really was the Son of God?
following section answers that with a portion of the prophetic fulfillments
recorded in the New Testament that link Jesus to the messiahship These consequently
link Jesus with the position of divinity which the Messiah was to hold:
4.11 Does Jesus fulfill the prophecies for being...
JESUS / GOD: OUR ONE AND ONLY SAVIOR
there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there
is none but me. Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth;
for I am God and there is no other."
Isaiah 45:21b, 22
They said to the
woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have
heard for ourselves, and we know that this man [Jesus] really
is the Savior of the world." John 4:42
...while we wait
for the blessed hope-- the glorious appearing of our great God and
Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all
wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager
to do what is good. Titus 2:13-14
...and you will
receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:11
then know this,
you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ
of Nazareth,... Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no
other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. Acts
2.) JESUS / GOD: THE FIRST AND
is what the Lord says - Israel's King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty:
I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.
"Behold, I am coming
soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what
he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,
the Beginning and the End. I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give
you this testimony for the churches." Revelation 22:12, 13, 16a
3.) JESUS / GOD: A CHILD CALLED
to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government
will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty
God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace... He will reign on David's throne
and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever. Isaiah
Today in the town
of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
4.) JESUS / GOD: REDEEMER AND
Redeemer - the Lord Almighty is his name
- is the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah
us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is
written: 'Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.' Galatians 3:13
Simon Peter answered
him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We
believe and know that you are the Holy One of God." John 6:68-69
5.) JESUS / GOD: TO WHOM EVERY KNEE WILL BOW
myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that
will not be revoked: Before me every knee shall bow; by me every tongue
will swear." Isaiah 45:23
Your attitude should
be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did
not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself
nothing... Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him
the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every
knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and
every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God
the Father. Philippians 2:5-11
6.) JESUS / GOD: "I AM"
said to Moses, 'I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites:
'I Am has sent me to you.' God also said to Moses, 'Say to the
Israelites, 'The Lord , the God of your fathers - the God of Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob - has sent me to you.' This is my name forever, the
name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation."
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 old, from ancient times." Micah 5:2
'I tell you the
truth,' Jesus answered, 'before Abraham was born, I am!' John
"And now, Father,
glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the
world began." John 17:5
7.) JESUS / GOD: SEATED IN HEAVEN
Lord says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."
But from now
on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.
They all asked, 'Are you then the Son of God?' He [Jesus] replied,
"You are right in saying I am." Luke 22:69-70
Since, then, you
have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ
is seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1
8.) JESUS / GOD: ANOINTED BY GOD
throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will
be the scepter of your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing
you with the oil of joy. Psalm 45:6-7
"The Spirit of
the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news
to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and
recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed," Luke 4:18
9.) JESUS / GOD: HAVING BEEN GIVEN
AUTHORITY BY GOD FOREVER
my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of
man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days
and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign
power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshipped him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away,...
Then Jesus came
to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been
given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely
I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew
10.) JESUS / GOD: WILL COME TO
I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then
suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger
of the covenant, whom you desire, will come," says the Lord Almighty...
So I will come near to you for judgment..."
the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there.
He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those
selling doves. 'It is written,' he said to them, ''My house will be
called a house of prayer, ' but you are making it a 'den of robbers.'
11.) JESUS / GOD: PIERCED FOR HIS
I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem
a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they
pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child,
and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.
Instead, one of
the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden
flow of blood and water. John 19:34
Look, he [Jesus]
is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who
pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him.
So shall it be! Amen. Revelation 1:7
12.) JESUS / GOD: SON OF GOD AND
LORD OF ALL
will call out to me, 'You are my Father,
my God, the Rock my Savior.' I will also appoint him my firstborn,
the most exalted of the kings of the earth. I will maintain my love to
him forever, and my covenant with him will never fail. I will establish
his line forever, his throne as long as the heavens endure."
will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, 'You are my Son;
today I have become your Father. Ask of me, and I will make the nations
your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.' Psalm 2:7-8
While he was still
speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said,
"This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen
to him!" Matthew 17:5
"But what about
you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are
the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are
you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but
by my Father in heaven." Matthew 16:15-17
is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible
and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all
things were created by him and for him. For God was pleased to have all
his fullness dwell in him, Colossians 1:15-16, 19
And when they climbed
into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshipped
him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God." Matthew 14:32-33
"We are not
stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy,
because you, a mere man, claim to be God." John 10:33
what degree have all these passages determined that Jesus fulfilled the
perfectly fulfilled the Old Testament's prophecies as laid out by the New
Testament writers. He has fulfilled every messianic prophecy save for
those concerning the day of wrath, or last day, in which the earth is burned
up, mankind is judged, God's people inherit a new heavens and a new earth,
and the wicked are thrown into the lake of fire.
review of our partial look at the messianic prophecies, this is what may
be said of Jesus' fulfillment of prophecy:
- He came to the world
- With an ancestry
including Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Judah,
- Arriving 69
sevens after the decree to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple,
- Preceded by a messenger
preaching "in the spirit and power of Elijah",
- Possessing the qualities
of a prophet, priest and king,
by many in spite of the miracles he worked,
- His hands and
feet pierced by
with wicked men and mocked in his suffering,
- Died though he had
committed no violence,
were cast for his clothing,
- Placed in a rich
- On the third day
rose from the dead
and appeared before over five hundred people,
- Then ascended into
heaven to be seated
at the right hand of God the Father to await his return at the end
of the age to judge mankind.
And this is what may
be said of Jesus' link to the messiahship:
is the one and only Savior,
is the first and the last,
was born a child and called Eternal Father,
is the Redeemer and Holy One,
- It is he
to whom every knee will bow and every tongue confess,
is the great I Am,
is seated in heaven,
is annointed by God,
has been given authority forever,
came to his temple,
was pierced for his people, and...
is the Son of God and Lord of all.
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