Summary: The prophecies in the Old Testament regarding who the Messiah would be are numerous and quite specific. As we look at these prophecies we can see that Jesus fulfills them all and that He is the Messiah!
Jesus is the Messiah
I know it is only Saturday evening here, but in Israel, it is already Sunday morning (about 2am), so I think it is appropriate to say, “He is Risen!”
I am so glad that you have joined us to worship the Lord and celebrate the life we have in Him through His Resurrection!
We live in a day and age where everything that is newsworthy and even things that aren’t are communicated through social media. Have you ever wondered what it might be like if Jesus’ resurrection happened in this day of Social Media?
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Are you a follower of Jesus?
Well, today as we gather to worship Jesus and celebrate His resurrection and the hope of eternal life that we have in Him, I am sure there are some here who are not yet followers and are unsure of this whole Christianity thing and don’t really believe that Jesus is the way to eternal life that God has provided.
This is why I am glad you are here.
Because the truth that Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, the One who is God and came to this earth and put on flesh and died for us is a reality that we can see through the prophecies that were made about the Messiah hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, so we could know that He is who we should follow!
Today I want to help us see the reality through the shadows of Old Testament prophecy regarding who the Messiah would be and see how Jesus has fulfilled all of those prophecies so we could truly know that Jesus is the Messiah and that He is our sure and only hope for eternal life.
Last 2 weeks
Now, over the past 2 weeks we began looking at the Feast days of the Lord talked about in the Old Testament we saw how the spring feasts had their fulfillment in Jesus’ first coming and how the fall feasts will have their fulfillment in Jesus at His second coming.
If you missed either of those messages over the last 2 weeks, you can check out on our website.
Today, as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, we are going to look at the prophecies that were made about the coming Messiah to see if Jesus really is the fulfillment of these prophecies.
Now the prophecies given in the Old Testament about the Messiah all relate to certain aspects of the life of the Messiah, so, I want to consider the prophecies in regard to those aspects, so we are going to start by considering the prophecies regarding
The Birth of the Messiah
Now nobody is able to control their own birth, unless, of course, you are God.
So the prophecies surrounding the birth of the Messiah are very important. And there are a number of prophecies that tell us about some of the details of the Messiah’s birth.
One comes all the way back in Genesis.
After Adam and Eve sinned against God by disobeying Him regarding not eating from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, there were consequences that came as a result of that disobedience to all of mankind.
And as God was speaking a curse to the serpent, He gave us a glimpse of His ultimate plan for redemption.
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this,
"Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
Here we learn that
The Messiah would be Born of a Woman
How is that prophetic since everyone is born of woman.
Well, everyone is born from a woman and a man. God only mentions the woman here, and mentions the offspring as hers, not his.
When we read through genealogies, we almost always, only find the men listed. To say that the Messiah was and offspring of the woman is saying something.
And while it may have been hard to completely understand in the Old Testament, as only a shadow, we can see the reality through the Virgin birth of Christ with the heavenly Father being the father of the Christ, with no human father involved.
Not only that, but another prophecy regarding the Messiah’s birth is that
The Messiah would be Born in Bethlehem
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."