He Filled the Bill and He Means What He Says

John 1: 1-5, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.  14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

The people of Israel awaited the arrival of their Messiah, their Savior. And then He came. He fulfilled all the prophecies of the Old Testament, in a way that no other could have ever fulfilled them (see below).  Some Bible scholars say that Jesus fulfilled up to 300 predictions in the Old Testament.   The odds of all things coming to pass in one man are ZERO but even much less than zero. (If you are interested, here’s some information on the impossibility of this happening, even with 8 prophesies fulfilled: http://voices.yahoo.com/what-odds-jesus-700-plus-prophecies-fulfillment-5064980.html) So there you have it.   It was plain as day that this man was not man. He is the Word who was God, made into flesh and living among us.   

It gives me pause to even consider how clearly the Lord spoke to men who wrote the Old Testament so that they got it right, down to the last detail. And they didn’t even have the benefit of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit then!   There’s no way they could have possibly known of their own knowledge in what city the Messiah would be born, that he would be falsely accused, heck even that he would be given vinegar!    This is why it baffles me when people talk about the Bible as though it’s just some distorted book, written by man and not by the Spirit of God through man.  

Of COURSE men can make mistakes.   In the entire scheme of things, do we not think that God would know that and have a plan to eliminate those things He didn’t want in the Bible from the Bible?  Since when is man greater and more powerful than God?  

Let me just say again, there is no way that the men who lived a thousand years before Jesus, could have predicted the detail of Jesus’ life and death.  This should tell us without further ado that the Bible is the inspired Word of God as He has said it is.   So we need to take Him at His Word.   

I’m not saying that all things in scripture are literal.  But all things in scripture are literally there because He chose them to be.    We are not powerful enough to have thwarted His will.   Praise be to God.

Takeaway:  The Bible is an integral part of our faith.  It is the Word.  It is God.   Jesus is the Word.  He is God.   It’s time to take the Bible seriously.  The proof of scripture being the inspired Word of God is the massive amount of prophesies about the life of Christ that no man alone could have known.  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for coming to live among us.  Thank You for inspiring man to write Your thoughts and Your ways into Your Word.  Please give me a hunger and thirst to know Your Word and to honor it with every bit of respect You desire.  I want to want to hunger to study.   Meet me where I am, Lord and answer my prayer.  Draw me to You.  

Here’s a list that only includes 44 of the over 300 prophecies Jesus fulfilled: 

 

44 Prophecies Jesus Christ Fulfilled

 

Prophecies About Jesus

Old Testament

Scripture

New Testament

Fulfillment

1

Messiah would be born of a woman.

Genesis 3:15

Matthew 1:20

Galatians 4:4

2

Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.

Micah 5:2

Matthew 2:1

Luke 2:4-6

3

Messiah would be born of a virgin.

Isaiah 7:14

Matthew 1:22-23

Luke 1:26-31

4

Messiah would come from the line of Abraham.

Genesis 12:3

Genesis 22:18

Matthew 1:1

Romans 9:5

5

Messiah would be a descendant of Isaac.

Genesis 17:19

Genesis 21:12

Luke 3:34

6

Messiah would be a descendant of Jacob.

Numbers 24:17

Matthew 1:2

7

Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah.

Genesis 49:10

Luke 3:33

Hebrews 7:14

8

Messiah would be heir to King David‘s throne.

2 Samuel 7:12-13

Isaiah 9:7

Luke 1:32-33

Romans 1:3

9

Messiah’s throne will be anointed and eternal.

Psalm 45:6-7

Daniel 2:44

Luke 1:33

Hebrews 1:8-12

10

Messiah would be called Immanuel.

Isaiah 7:14

Matthew 1:23

11

Messiah would spend a season in Egypt.

Hosea 11:1

Matthew 2:14-15

12

A massacre of children would happen at Messiah’s birthplace.

Jeremiah 31:15

Matthew 2:16-18

13

A messenger would prepare the way for Messiah

Isaiah 40:3-5

Luke 3:3-6

14

Messiah would be rejected by his own people.

Psalm 69:8

Isaiah 53:3

John 1:11

John 7:5

15

Messiah would be a prophet.

Deuteronomy 18:15

Acts 3:20-22

16

Messiah would be preceded by Elijah.

Malachi 4:5-6

Matthew 11:13-14

17

Messiah would be declared the Son of God.

Psalm 2:7

Matthew 3:16-17

18

Messiah would be called a Nazarene.

Isaiah 11:1

Matthew 2:23

19

Messiah would bring light to Galilee.

Isaiah 9:1-2

Matthew 4:13-16

20

Messiah would speak in parables.

Psalm 78:2-4

Isaiah 6:9-10

Matthew 13:10-15,34-35

21

Messiah would be sent to heal the brokenhearted.

Isaiah 61:1-2

Luke 4:18-19

22

Messiah would be a priest after the order ofMelchizedek.

Psalm 110:4

Hebrews 5:5-6

23

Messiah would be called King.

Psalm 2:6

Zechariah 9:9

Matthew 27:37

Mark 11:7-11

24

Messiah would be praised by little children.

Psalm 8:2

Matthew 21:16

25

Messiah would be betrayed.

Psalm 41:9

Zechariah 11:12-13

Luke 22:47-48

Matthew 26:14-16

26

Messiah’s price money would be used to buy a potter’s field.

Zechariah 11:12-13

Matthew 27:9-10

27

Messiah would be falsely accused.

Psalm 35:11

Mark 14:57-58

28

Messiah would be silent before his accusers.

Isaiah 53:7

Mark 15:4-5

29

Messiah would be spat upon and struck.

Isaiah 50:6

Matthew 26:67

30

Messiah would be hated without cause.

Psalm 35:19

Psalm 69:4

John 15:24-25

31

Messiah would be crucified with criminals.

Isaiah 53:12

Matthew 27:38

Mark 15:27-28

32

Messiah would be given vinegar to drink.

Psalm 69:21

Matthew 27:34

John 19:28-30

33

Messiah’s hands and feet would be pierced.

Psalm 22:16

Zechariah 12:10

John 20:25-27

34

Messiah would be mocked and ridiculed.

Psalm 22:7-8

Luke 23:35

35

Soldiers would gamble for Messiah’s garments.

Psalm 22:18

Luke 23:34

Matthew 27:35-36

36

Messiah’s bones would not be broken.

Exodus 12:46

Psalm 34:20

John 19:33-36

37

Messiah would be forsaken by God.

Psalm 22:1

Matthew 27:46

38

Messiah would pray for his enemies.

Psalm 109:4

Luke 23:34

39

Soldiers would pierce Messiah’s side.

Zechariah 12:10

John 19:34

40

Messiah would be buried with the rich.

Isaiah 53:9

Matthew 27:57-60

41

Messiah would resurrect from the dead.

Psalm 16:10

Psalm 49:15

Matthew 28:2-7

Acts 2:22-32

42

Messiah would ascend to heaven.

Psalm 24:7-10

Mark 16:19

Luke 24:51

43

Messiah would be seated at God’s right hand.

Psalm 68:18

Psalm 110:1

Mark 16:19

Matthew 22:44

44

Messiah would be a sacrifice for sin.

Isaiah 53:5-12

Romans 5:6-8

http://christianity.about.com/od/biblefactsandlists/a/Prophecies-Jesus.htm

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