The greatest thing about God’s story is His promise to send a rescuer. A Messiah, one who would through Israel, the people chosen of God to deliver His rescue plan to the world, come to fulfill the law and allow himself to be delivered up as a sacrifice. The one who would be the spotless lamb whose blood would atone for the sins of all people. Once, for ALL. But how would Israel know when Messiah would come? How would the world be able to recognize Him? God would foretell it for us. He wold give details about the Messiah through the Old Testament prophets who would write it down so that we would know what to look for. This week, I taught my Sunday School class a few of the most powerful evidences we have for Jesus as Messiah, the Savior of the world, promised of God and have listed them below for you.
The Genealogy: The Old Testament prophets wrote that the Messiah would be a descendant of King David, and ultimately a descendant of Abraham. Matthew chapter 1 traces the genealogy of Jesus back to King David and then all the way back to Abraham, through the line of his adopted Father, Joseph. Luke 3:23-38 traces the lineage of Jesus back to David on Mary’s side, his mother. These genealogical histories are amazing proofs that Jesus is the fulfillment of the below prophecies from the Old Testament:
A Son of David- I Chronicles 17:11-14: “I will set up one of your descendants after you, who shall be of your sons and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build for me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his father and he sill be My son and I will not take My loving kindness away from him as I took it from him who was before you. But I will settle him in My house and in My kingdom forever and his throne shall be established forever.” A Son of Abraham- Genesis 12:3: “And I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed”. A Son of David- Isaiah 9:6-7: “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.”
His Appearance. His sacrifice. His burial place. His atonement. All of these are described in detail by the prophet Isaiah. The account of the crucifixion of Jesus in Matthew 27 fulfills the prophecies below from Isaiah.
“He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him. Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. he was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief and like one from whom men hide their face. he wa despised and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore and our sorrows He carried. yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. 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. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.”
“He was oppressed and He was afflicted yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers so He did not open His mouth; by oppression and judgement He was taken away; and as for His generation who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living, for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due?”
“His grave was assigned with wicked men yet he was with a rich man in His death because He had done no violence nor was there any deceit in His mouth. But the Lord was pleased to crush Him putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring. He will prolong His days and the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, he will see it and be satisfied. By His knowledge the Righteous One My Servant will justify the many as He will bear their iniquities”