March 6, 2011

He Is The Messiah – Ray Anderson

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

There is good reason for us to believe that Jesus Christ is the messiah whom God had promised would come. There are those in the world today who question this, but to those who search out the evidence, there can be no doubt. There are over 30 prophecies throughout the pages of the Old Testament that Jesus fulfilled. These a sufficient to remove any doubt from the minds of a person who has an open mind and is searching for the truth.

His Birth

It was foretold that his birth would be in the small, insignificant town of Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2) He would be the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Genesis 12:3, 17:19, Numbers 24:17) He would be from the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10). We read with awe how carefully the genealogies in Matthew and Luke were written so that the lineage of Jesus could be clearly seen. It is not just the genealogies that inspire our awe. As we read those names they call to mind the Bible stories about the lives of men such as Boaz, Jesse, David, Solomon, Josiah, and Zerubbabel to name only a few. We see how God preserved the lineage through war, famine, slavery and captivity to finally end in the birth of our Lord and Savior. Jesus was declared to be an heir to the throne of David (Isaiah 9:7, Luke 1:32). However, this is not a literal throne, but a spiritual one that resides in heaven. These are but a few of the prophecies of his birth. 

His Ministry

As we read about the life of Jesus we are amazed at all he accomplished in the three short years of his ministry. Following his temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11), he left Nazareth and stayed in Capernaum which is on the Galilean sea coast bordering the ancient lands of Naphtali and Zebulun. It was there that the great prophecy of Isaiah 9:1-2 was fulfilled:

Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

From that point on he preached repentance and the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 4:17)

We follow him as he traveled through the regions of Judea, Samaria, Galilee, Decapolis and Perea. He was truly the prophet foretold by Moses saying that God would rise up a prophet like him (Deuteronomy 18:15) and that he would be after the order of Melchizedek (Psalms 110:4). These two prophecies were confirmed as being fulfilled by Jesus in Acts (3:20,22) and in Hebrews. (Hebrews 5:5-6) During his ministry he healed the broken hearted (Isaiah61:1-2, Luke 4:18-19) as he gave sight to the blind, healed the lame, and gave hope to everyone who believed that they might be set free from the bondage of sin.

Even the manner of his entry into Jerusalem was a fulfillment of prophecy. Zechariah had written more than 400 years before that Jesus would come into the city riding on a colt, the foal of an ass. (Zechariah 9:9) That is exactly how it happened. (Mark 11:7, 9, 11). But, the people who cried out “Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” soon turned against him, and rejected him preferring that a man named Barabbas should be freed from Roman control—all as prophesied. (Isaiah 53:3, Luke 23:18)

His Crusifixion and Resurrection

There are many prophecies that were fulfilled concerning the events leading up to the death of Jesus on the cross. It was the Psalmist who wrote that the messiah would be betrayed by a friend (Psalm 41:9) and that friend turned out to be Judas. Not only was the betrayal prophesied, but also that it would be for the price of 30 pieces of silver. (Zechariah 11:2) . He was accused by false witnesses (Psalms 35:11), silent before his accusers, spat upon, crucified with thieves, and buried with the rich. (Isaiah 53:7, 50:6, 53:12, 53:9)

Even the details of the crucifixion were given hundreds of years before it occurred. His hands and feet were nailed to the cross, his side would be pierced (Zechariah 12:10), yet not a bone in his body would be broken (Psalm 34:20, John 19:32, 33, 36). He would be mocked and given vinegar and gall. (Psalm 22:7-8, 69:21) The soldiers gambled for his clothes after he was nailed to the cross. (Psalm 22:17)

Of course his death was not to be the final event. The psalmist wrote that Jesus would rise from the grave and ascend into heaven. (Psalm 16:10, 49:15, 68:18)

Surely with this level of detail we can see the hand of almighty God at work in providing all the evidence we need to know that Jesus is the messiah. Even his name, Jesus, means savior. Let us give God the glory for his plan of salvation and for his son who was obedient even to death on the cross.—Amen. 

Christ Our Savior

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him. (1 Peter 3:18-22)

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