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How Jesus Fulfills Bible Prophecy

By Benjamin H. Liles

          Today I want to focus on how Jesus fulfills prophecy. So many people question the truthfulness of what God says in His word. I can understand being skeptical at best. But there are a number of people who are openly hostile that the Bible is a book of lies, fictional, and consequently that God doesn't exist. So, not only will I show that not only does Jesus fulfills prophecy, but that considering man's sinfulness, that man alone is fallible, God will judge each man according to his faith, or lack thereof.

          Without any further delay or trouble here we go:

55 Messianic Prophecies of Jesus
Prophecies of Jesus Old Testament
New Testament
1 Messiah would be born of a woman. Genesis 3:15 Matthew 1:20; Galatians 4:4; Revelation 12:9, 17
2 Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2 Matthew 2:1-6; Luke 2:4-6;  John 7:40-43
3 Messiah would be born of a virgin and called Immanuel Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:22-23; Luke 1:26-35
4 Messiah would come from the line of Abraham. Genesis 12:3; 22:18 Matthew 1:1; Romans 9:5; Acts 3:24-26
5 Messiah would be a descendant of Isaac. Genesis 17:19; 21:12 Luke 3:34
6 Messiah would be a descendant of Jacob. Numbers 24:17 Matthew 1:2; Matthew 2:2; Revelation 22:16
7 Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah and the coming one to whom the scepter belongs Genesis 49:10 Luke 2:1-7; 3:33; Galatians 4:4; Hebrews 7:14
8 Messiah would be heir to King David's throne. 2 Samuel 7:12-16; Isaiah 9:7 Matthew 1:1; Luke 1:32-33; Acts 15:15-16; Romans 1:3; Hebrews 1:5
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 out of Egypt. Hosea 11:1 Matthew 2:13-15
11 A massacre of children would happen at Messiah's birthplace. Jeremiah 31:15 Matthew 2:16-18
12 A messenger would prepare the way for Messiah Isaiah 40:3-5 Matthew 3:1-3; Mark 1:1-3; Luke 1:76; 3:1-6; 7:27; John 1:22-23
13 Messiah would be rejected by his own people. Psalm 69:8; Isaiah 53:3 John 1:11; John 7:5
14 Messiah would be a prophet. Deuteronomy 18:15 Matthew 13:57; 21:46; Luke 24:19; John 1:21, 25; John 6:14; 7:40; Acts 3:20-22; 28:28
15 Messiah would be preceded by Elijah the prophet Malachi 3:1; 4:5-6 Matthew 11:10, 13-15; 16:14; 17:9-13; Mark 1:2; 6:14-16; 9:11-13; Luke 1:16-17, 76; John 1:21
16 Messiah would be declared the Son of God. Psalm 2:1-12 Matthew 3:16-17; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22; Acts 4:25-28; 13:33; Hebrews 1:5; 5:5
17 Messiah would be called a Nazarene. Isaiah 11:1 Matthew 2:23
18 Messiah would bring light to Galilee. Isaiah 9:1-2 Matthew 4:13-16; Luke 1:76-79
19 Messiah would speak in parables. Psalm 78:2-4; Isaiah 6:9-10 Matthew 13:10-15, 34-35
20 Messiah would be sent to heal the brokenhearted. Isaiah 61:1-2 Luke 4:7-21
21 Messiah would be a priest after the order of Melchizedek. Psalm 110:1-4 Matthew 22:42-45; Mark 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44; Acts 2:34-36; 1 Corinthians 15:25-28; Hebrews 1:3, 13; 4:14-5:10
22 Messiah would be called King. Psalm 2:6; Zechariah 9:9 Matthew 21:2-7; 27:37; Mark 11:7-11
23 Messiah would be praised by little children. Psalm 8:2 Matthew 21:16
24 Messiah would be betrayed and money to be used to buy potter's field Psalm 41:9; Zechariah 11:12-13 Luke 22:47-48; Matthew 26:14-16; 27:3, 9-10
25 Messiah would be falsely accused. Psalm 35:11 Mark 14:57-58
26 Messiah would be silent before his accusers. Isaiah 53:7 Mark 15:4-5
27 Messiah would be spat upon and struck. Isaiah 50:6 Matthew 26:67
28 Messiah would be hated without cause. Psalm 35:19; Psalm 69:4 John 15:24-25
29 Messiah would be crucified with criminals. Isaiah 53:12 Matthew 27:38; Mark 15:27-28
30 Messiah would be given vinegar to drink. Psalm 69:21 Matthew 27:34; John 19:28-30
31 Messiah's hands and feet would be pierced. Psalm 22:16; Zechariah 12:10 Matthew 24:30; John 19:31-37; 20:25-27; Revelation 1:7
32 Messiah would be mocked and ridiculed. Psalm 22:7-8 Luke 23:35
33 Soldiers would gamble for Messiah's garments. Psalm 22:1-31 Luke 23:34; Matthew 27:35-36, 39, 43-44, 46; Mark 15:34; John 19:24; Hebrews 2:12
34 Messiah's bones would not be broken. Exodus 12:46; Psalm 34:20 John 19:33-36
35 Messiah would be forsaken by God. Psalm 22:1 Matthew 27:46
36 Messiah would pray for his enemies. Psalm 109:4 Luke 23:34
37 Messiah would be buried with the rich. Isaiah 53:9 Matthew 27:57-60
38 Messiah would resurrect from the dead. Psalms 16:8-11; 49:15 Matthew 28:2-7; Acts 2:22-32; 13:35-37
39 Messiah would ascend to heaven. Psalm 24:7-10 Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51
40 Messiah would be seated at God's right hand. Psalm 68:18; 110:1 Mark 16:19; Matthew 22:44
41 Messiah would be a sacrifice for sin. Genesis 22:1-18; Isaiah 53:5-12 John 3:16; Romans 5:6-8
42 The Messiah would be the Passover lamb Exodus 12:1-51 John 1:29, 36; 19:33, 36; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8; 1 Peter 1:19
43 The Messiah would be lifted up Numbers 21:6-9 John 3:14-18
44 The Messiah would be our Kinsman-Redeemer Ruth 4:4-9 Luke 1:50, 58, 68, 72, 78, 1 Peter 1:18; Hebrews 2:11
45 The Messiah would be the righteous sufferer Psalms 69 Matthew 27:33-34; John 2:17; 15:25; Acts 1:20; Romans 11:9-10; 15:1-3
46 The Messiah would be the rejected cornerstone Psalms 118:22-24 Matthew 21:42; Mark 12:10-11; Luke 20:17-18; Acts 4:9-12; Ephesians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:6-8
47 The Messiah would be acclaimed Psalms 118:25-29 Matthew 21:9; Mark 11:9-10; Luke 13:35; 19:38; John 12:13
48 The Messiah would be the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6-7 Luke 1:32-33, 79, John 6:51; 14:27; Acts 10:36; Romans 9:5; Colossians 2:3
49 The Messiah would perform signs of healing Isaiah 35:5-6 Matthew 11:4-6; Luke 7:20-23
50 The Messiah would be a light for the nations of the world Isaiah 42:1-6 Matthew 12:15-18; Luke 2:27-32; John 8:12
51 The Suffering Servant Isaiah 52:13–53:12 Matthew 8:16-17; 20:28; 26:28; 27:59-60; Mark 10:45; 14:24; Luke 22:20; John :12-37-38; Acts 8:32-35; Romans 10:16; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Peter 2:21-25
52 The Messiah would be the object of a murderous plot Jeremiah 31:15 Matthew 2:16-18
53 The Messiah would bring in a new covenant Jeremiah 31:31 Matthew 26:28; Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20; 1 Corinthians 11:25; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Hebrews 8:6-13; 9:15; 12:24
54 The Messiah would be the Son of Man Daniel 7:13-14 Matthew 9:6; 12:8; 13:41; 16:13, 27; Mark 8:31; Luke 6:22; 9:22; John 1:51; 3:13-14; Acts 7:56
55 The Messiah would come according to a timetable Daniel 9:24-27 Matthew 24:15-16; Mark 13:14-15; Galatians 4:4

          So we can see from 55 individual prophecies regarding the person of Jesus Christ that we have no excuse as to put down the truthfulness of scripture. But, some will say, "What about those inconsistencies throughout the Bible?" That's a whole different article all together. This is dealing with the fact that New Testament writers, the apostles, verified from their holy word that their Hebrew faith--from Genesis to Malachi--how Jesus fulfilled God's word.

          If the Bible is so filled with falsehoods, why is it Christ said, "Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For I assure you: Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all things are accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches people to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:17-19, Holman Christian Standard). 

          For the Bible to be in error so would God's word, mainly the Old Testament. How can that be when the writers of the New Testament based their reasoning on the Old, and at the same time proved Christ fulfills the letter of the Laws of Moses? Can anyone contend with the veracity of Paul's claims? No! Why is that? Almost all of Paul's writings has a ring of authenticity and humility throughout his letters alone. Other apostles who wrote what they did agreed with Paul more than disagree. 

          Rather, when we say that God's word is fallible and He is just a made up God, we're speaking that which comes from the heart. "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, and slander" (Matthew 15:19, Berean Study). Those who are unregenerate and disbelieving in God's word are shutting God out of their lives for their own devices. They fulfill what Paul says. "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness...And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper...although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them" (Romans 1:18-32, New American Standard).

          People who act out against God, showing themselves to be not just without Him but wholeheartedly against Him, show they are without excuse in His eyes. I quoted this verse just yesterday in assessing Ezekiel 11, and it bears saying again, "He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me. Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me’" (Matthew 25:41-43, 45, New American Standard).

          I do feel I have a duty, a god-given ordination from the Most High to witness, to teach, and evangelize those who read these words. Please, don't think I say all this out of malice, hatred, or condemnation. I have to agree with the apostles on this matter. "The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9, Holman Christian Standard, in bold mine). If He wanted all to be condemned He would not have had plans from the foundation of the world to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place. Think on that!

          Jesus Christ took upon Himself, not just our infirmities, our sickness, our sinfulness, our pride, our bad behavior, our wickedness, and all. He bore God's wrath on our behalf so that we might have His righteousness. We're told expressly, "[God] made [Jesus Christ] who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21, New American Standard). We can become children of the Most High God! But we have to be willing to put off everything that hinders us from His grace, mercy, and wonderful love. "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God" (Romans 12:2, Berean Study).

          I pray this finds you all well, that it blesses you immeasurably, and you treasure these words of God in your heart. Neither does God condemn you, nor I myself. I'd rather love you as God first loved me. He didn't just die in my place, but for you as well. Let this bless and give you hope. I pray this in the name of Jesus the Messiah, my Lord, King, and Savior. Amen.

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