What the Old Testament foretells about Jesus the Messiah.
2 Peter 1:20, "No prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own
interpretation. For prophecy came not in old time by the will of man,
but men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."
Prophecies about Jesus:
In the Old Testament, men over many years prophesied about Christ's coming, life,
death, resurrection and ascension. They announced that Messiah the king
would come to deliver Israel. A prophecy is a message from God.
For example Isaiah 7:14 says:
"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign.
Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son,
and shall name Him Emmanuel."
Thus Christ's birth and life were announced long before Mary was born.
In fact, we will look at some of the many details of Jesus' life that the
prophets told many hundreds of years before. Over three hundred
prophecies are recorded in the Old Testament, so the people of Israel could
expect Messiah's coming and recognise Him when He came.
Some Old Testament Prophecies:
Here are some of the Old Testament prophecies of the life of Jesus Christ, and
their New Testament fulfillment:
- Born in Bethlehem - Micah 5:2 (Matthew 2:1)
- Born of a woman -Genesis 3:15 (Matthew 2:5-6).
- Born of a virgin - Isaiah 7:14 (Matthew 1:18).
- The Son of God - Psalm 2:7 (Matthew 3:17).
- Descended from Abraham - Genesis 12:3 (Matthew 1:1-16)
- From the tribe of Judah - Genesis 49:10 (Luke 3:33).
- Descended from the House of David - Jeremiah 23:5 (Luke 3:23-31).
- Heir to the throne of David - Isaiah 9:6-7 (Matthew 1:1).
- Would be God and man - Isaiah 7:14 (Matthew 1:18-23).
- A Prophet - Deuteronomy 18:18 (John 8:28-29).
- A Priest - Psalm 110:4 (Hebrews 6:20).
- A King - Psalm 2:6 (Matthew 2:2).
- Preceded by a messenger - Malachi 3:1 (Matthew 11:10).
- Presented with Gifts - Psalm 72:10 (Matthew 2:1,11).
- Called out of Egypt - Hosea 11:1 (Matthew 2:15).
- Performed miracles - Isaiah 35:5-6 (Matthew 11:4-6).
- Rejected by His own - Isaiah 53:3 (Matthew 27:21-23).
- Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver - Zechariah 11:12 (Matthew 26:15, 27:9-10).
- Forsaken by His disciples - Zechariah 13:7 (Matthew 26:56).
- Spat upon and smitten - Isaiah 50:6 (Matthew 27:26 -30).
- Accused by false witnesses - Psalms 35:11 (Matthew 26:59).
- Became the sacrificial Lamb - Isaiah 53:7 (John 1:29).
- Crucified with criminals - Isaiah 53:12 (Luke 23:32).
- Pierced His body - Zechariah 12:10 (John 19:37).
- No bones were broken - Psalm 34:20 (John 19:33-36).
- Soldiers gambled for His garment - Psalms 22:18 (Matthew 27:35).
- Buried with the rich - Isaiah 53:9 (Matthew 27:57).
- Resurrected from the dead - Psalms 49:15 (Mark 16:6).
- Ascended to the right hand of God - Psalms 68:18 (Luke 24:51).
- Coming as King of kings - Malachi 3:2-3 (Luke 3:17).
Jesus is the Christ:
All these descriptions only fit Jesus Christ and happily some people did
recognised Him as the Messiah when He came. For example, the wise men
that brought Him presents, the shepherds who visited Him, Simeon and Anna
in the temple, and His parents. Even king Herod knew He was born to
be the King of Israel and tried his best to kill Him.
God told us Jesus' plan was to offer Salvation to all of mankind and He came
to become our Saviour. John 3:16 says:
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son,
that who ever believes in Him should not perish,
but have everlasting life."
And so God sent His Son for you and me, as well as for all people who would
believe in Jesus Christ as their Saviour!