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Proofs that Jesus is the Messiah

 

 

INTRODUCTION

We are all dedicated to emulating the life of Jesus but have you ever asked yourself, "But what if Jesus was not the Messiah?" 

Most Jews admit that Jesus was a real person and that he walked the streets and roads of Galilee, Judea and Jerusalem. But most Jews have a major hang-up with the idea that Jesus was the Messiah. The rabbis do not want to admit Jesus is the Messiah (Mat 28:11-15) and unfortunately most Jews do not even try to prove Jesus' messiah-ship by scripture. But on the other hand, neither do Christians. Most Jewish scripture-reading sessions, in fact, skip the very scriptures that would prove Jesus to be the Messiah. 

The purpose of this booklet is to prove, by comparing Old and New Testament scriptures, particularly Old Testament prophecies, that Jesus is, in fact, the Messiah. 

The approach is to give the requirement for messiah-ship, then give Old Testament scripture which describes that requirement, then give New Testament scripture proving that Jesus fulfilled that requirement. 

THE PROOFS

1. The Messiah must be the "Seed" of the woman that would "bruise" the serpent's "head".

  • Gen 3:15 (NKJV) And I will put enmity Between you [the snake and Satan] and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel." 

    Gal 4:4-5 (NKJV) But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, {5} to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 

    1 John 3:8 (NKJV) He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil [destroy or bruise Satan's head].

2. The Messiah must be the "seed of Abraham".

  • Gen 12:3 (NKJV) I will bless those who bless you [speaking to Abram], And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." 

    Mat 1:1 (NKJV) The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: 

    Acts 3:25 (NKJV) "You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, 'And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.' 

    Gal 3:16 (NKJV) Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ.

3. The Messiah must be the "seed of Isaac".

  • Gen 17:19 (NKJV) Then God said: "No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, <and> with his descendants after him. 

    Gen 21:12 (NKJV) But God said to Abraham, "Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called. 

    Luke 3:34 (NKJV) <the son> of Jacob, <the son> of Isaac, <the son> of Abraham, <the son> of Terah, <the son> of Nahor, 

    Heb 11:17-19 (NKJV) By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten <son>, {18} of whom it was said, "In Isaac your seed shall be called," {19} concluding that God <was> able to raise <him> up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.

4. The Messiah must be the "seed of Jacob" and the "star out of Jacob" who will "have dominion".

  • Gen 28:14 (NKJV) "Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 

    Num 24:17 (NKJV) "I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, And batter the brow of Moab, And destroy all the sons of tumult. 

    Num 24:19 (NKJV) Out of Jacob One shall have dominion, And destroy the remains of the city." 

    Mat 1:2 (NKJV) Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. 

    Luke 3:34 (NKJV) <the son> of Jacob, <the son> of Isaac, <the son> of Abraham, <the son> of Terah, <the son> of Nahor, 

    Rev 22:16 (NKJV) "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star."

5. The Messiah must be a descendant of Judah.

  • Gen 49:10 (NKJV) The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him <shall be> the obedience of the people. 

    Mat 1:2-3 (NKJV) Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. {3} Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. 

    Luke 3:33 (NKJV) <the son> of Amminadab, <the son> of Ram, <the son> of Hezron, <the son> of Perez, <the son> of Judah, 

    Heb 7:14 (NKJV) For <it is> evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

6. The Messiah must be a descendant of David and heir to his throne.

  • 2 Sam 7:12-13 (NKJV) "When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. {13} "He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 

    Isa 9:6-7 (NKJV) For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. {7} Of the increase of <His> government and peace <There will be> no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. 

    Jer 23:5 (NKJV) "Behold, <the> days are coming," says the LORD, "That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. 

    Mat 1:1 (NKJV) The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: 

    Mat 1:6 (NKJV) and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her <who had been the wife> of Uriah. 

    Rom 1:4 (NKJV) <and> declared <to be> the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

7. The Messiah must have eternal existence.

  • Micah 5:1-2 (NKJV) Now gather yourself in troops, O daughter of troops; He has laid siege against us; They will strike the judge of Israel with a rod on the cheek. {2} "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, <Though> you are little among the thousands of Judah, <Yet> out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth <are> from of old, From everlasting." 

    John 8:58 (NKJV) Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM." 

    Col 1:15-19 (NKJV) He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. {16} For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. {17} And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. {18} And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. {19} For it pleased <the Father that> in Him all the fullness should dwell, 

    Eph 1:3-14 (NKJV) Blessed <be> the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly <places> in Christ, {4} just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, {5} having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, {6} to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved. {7} In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace {8} which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, {9} having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, {10} that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth; in Him. {11} In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, {12} that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. {13} In Him you also <trusted>, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, {14} who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. 

    Rev 5:11 (NKJV) Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,

8. The Messiah must be the Son of God.

  • Psa 2:7 (NKJV) "I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, 'You <are> My Son, Today I have begotten You. 

    Prov 30:4 (NKJV) Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What <is> His name, and what <is> His Son's name, If you know? 

    Wow! How could a non-Christian Jew miss that? 

    Mat 3:17 (NKJV) And suddenly a voice <came> from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." 

    Luke 1:32 (NKJV) "He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.

9. The Messiah must have God's own name, YHVH (Adonai) applied to him.

  • Isa 9:6-7 (NKJV) For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. {7} Of the increase of <His> government and peace <There will be> no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. 

    Jer 23:5-6 (NKJV) "Behold, <the> days are coming," says the LORD, "That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. {6} In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this <is> His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. 

    Phil 2:9-11 (NKJV) Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, {10} that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, {11} and <that> every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ <is> Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

10. Events in the Messiah's life must occur at specific times.

  • Dan 9:24-26 (NKJV) "Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy. {25} "Know therefore and understand, <That> from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, <There shall be> seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times. {26} "And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it <shall be> with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined. 

    Mat 2:16 (NKJV) Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. 

    Mat 2:19 (NKJV) But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 

    Luke 3:1 (NKJV) Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, 

    Luke 3:23 (NKJV) Now Jesus Himself began <His ministry at> about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) <the> son of Joseph, <the son> of Heli,

11. The Messiah must be born in Bethlehem, in Judah.

  • Micah 5:1-2 (NKJV) Now gather yourself in troops, O daughter of troops; He has laid siege against us; They will strike the judge of Israel with a rod on the cheek. {2} "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, <Though> you are little among the thousands of Judah, <Yet> out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth <are> from of old, From everlasting." 

    Mat 2:1 (NKJV) Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 

    Luke 2:4-7 (NKJV) Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, {5} to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. {6} So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. {7} And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

12. The Messiah must be born of a virgin.

  • Isa 7:14 (NKJV) "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. 

    Mat 1:18-21 (NKJV) Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. {19} Then Joseph her husband, being a just <man>, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. {20} But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. {21} "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins." 

    Luke 1:26-35 (NKJV) Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, {27} to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name <was> Mary. {28} And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored <one>, the Lord <is> with you; blessed <are> you among women!" {29} But when she saw <him>, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. {30} Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. {31} "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. {32} "He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. {33} "And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end." {34} Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?" {35} And the angel answered and said to her, <"The> Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.

13. The Messiah must be adored by great persons.

  • Psa 72:10-11 (NKJV) The kings of Tarshish and of the isles Will bring presents; The kings of Sheba and Seba Will offer gifts. {11} Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him; All nations shall serve Him. 

    Mat 2:1-11 (NKJV) Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, {2} saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him." {3} When Herod the king heard <this>, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. {4} And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. {5} So they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: {6} 'But you, Bethlehem, <in> the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.' " {7} Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. {8} And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found <Him>, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also." {9} When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. {10} When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. {11} And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

14. The Messiah must be preceded by one who would announce him.

  • Isa 40:3-5 (NKJV) The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God. {4} Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth; {5} The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see <it> together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken." 

    Mal 3:1 (NKJV) "Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming," Says the LORD of hosts. 

    Mat 3:1-3 (NKJV) In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, {2} and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" {3} For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.' " 

    Luke 1:17 (NKJV) "He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, 'to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,' and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." 

    Luke 3:2-6 (NKJV) while Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. {3} And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, {4} as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight. {5} Every valley shall be filled And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough ways smooth; {6} And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.' "

15. The Messiah must be anointed with the Spirit of God.

  • Psa 45:7 (NKJV) You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions. 

    Isa 11:2 (NKJV) The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. 

    Isa 61:1 (NKJV) "The Spirit of the Lord GOD <is> upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to <those who are> bound; 

    Mat 3:16 (NKJV) When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 

    John 3:34 (NKJV) "For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. 

    Acts 10:38 (NKJV) "how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

16. The Messiah must be a prophet like Moses.

  • Deu 18:15 (NKJV) "The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, 

    Deu 18:18 (NKJV) 'I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. 

    Acts 3:20-22 (NKJV) "and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, {21} "whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. {22} "For Moses truly said to the fathers, 'The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you.

17. The Messiah must have a ministry of binding up the brokenhearted, proclaiming liberty to the captives and announcing the acceptable year of the Lord.

  • Isa 61:1-2 (NKJV) "The Spirit of the Lord GOD <is> upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to <those who are> bound; {2} To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 

    Luke 4:18-21 (NKJV) "The Spirit of the LORD <is> upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to <the> poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to <the> captives And recovery of sight to <the> blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; {19} To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." {20} And he closed the book, and he gave <it> again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. {21} And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

18. The Messiah must have a ministry of healing.

  • Isa 35:5-6 (NKJV) Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. {6} Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert. 

    Isa 42:18 (NKJV) "Hear, you deaf; And look, you blind, that you may see. 

    Mat 11:4-5 (KJV) Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see: {5} "<The> blind see and <the> lame walk; <the> lepers are cleansed and <the> deaf hear; <the> dead are raised up and <the> poor have the gospel preached to them.

19. The Messiah must have a ministry in the Galilee.

  • Isa 9:1-2 (NKJV) Nevertheless the gloom <will> not <be> upon her who <is> distressed, As when at first He lightly esteemed The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, And afterward more heavily oppressed <her>, <By> the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, In Galilee of the Gentiles. {2} The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined. 

    So here we have Christ in the Roman-dominated and oppressed Galilee. 

    Mat 4:12-16 (NKJV) Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. {13} And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, {14} that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: {15} "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, <By> the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: {16} The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned."

20. The Messiah must be tender and compassionate.

  • Isa 40:11 (NKJV) He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, And carry <them> in His bosom, <And> gently lead those who are with young. 

    Isa 42:3 (NKJV) A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth. 

    Mat 12:15 (NKJV) But when Jesus knew <it>, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. 

    verse 20 (NKJV) A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench, Till He sends forth justice to victory; 

    Heb 4:15 (NKJV) For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all <points> tempted as <we are>, <yet> without sin.

21. The Messiah must be meek and unostentatious. (Ostentatious means being a show-off.)

  • Isa 42:2 (NKJV) He will not cry out, nor raise <His voice>, Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. 

    Mat 12:15-19 (NKJV) But when Jesus knew <it>, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. {16} Yet He warned them not to make Him known, {17} that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: {18} "Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He will declare justice to the Gentiles. {19} He will not quarrel nor cry out, Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. 

    Those who preach in the streets today should read this.

22. The Messiah must be sinless and without guile.

  • Isa 53:9 (NKJV) And they made His grave with the wicked; But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor <was any> deceit in His mouth. 

    1 Pet 2:22 (NKJV) "Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth";

23. The Messiah must bear the reproaches due others. What are "reproaches"? A reproach is a blame put on others.

  • Psa 69:9 (NKJV) Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me. 

    Isa 53:12 (NKJV) Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. 

    Rom 15:3 (NKJV) For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me." 

    Have you ever been made a reproach for others? If you have, you know it is not fun.

24. The Messiah must be a priest.

  • Psa 110:4 (NKJV) The LORD has sworn And will not relent, "You <are> a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek [Mal-kee-tseh'-dek]." 

    Heb 5:5-6 (NKJV) So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, <but it> was He who said to Him: "You are My Son, Today I have begotten You." {6} As <He> also <says> in another <place>: "You <are> a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek"; 

    Heb 6:20 (NKJV) where the forerunner has entered for us, <even> Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. 

    Heb 7:15-17 (NKJV) And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest {16} who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life. {17} For He testifies: "You <are> a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek."

25. The Messiah must enter publicly into Jerusalem on a donkey.

  • Zec 9:9 (NKJV) "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He <is> just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. 

    Mat 21:1-11 (NKJV) Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, {2} saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose <them> and bring <them> to Me. {3} "And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." {4} All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: {5} "Tell the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.' " {6} So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. {7} They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set <Him> on them. {8} And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread <them> on the road. {9} Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David! 'Blessed <is> He who comes in the name of the LORD!' Hosanna in the highest!" {10} And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, "Who is this?" {11} So the multitudes said, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee." 

    Mark 11:1-11 (NKJV) Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples; {2} and He said to them, "Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring <it>. {3} "And if anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The Lord has need of it,' and immediately he will send it here." {4} So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it. {5} But some of those who stood there said to them, "What are you doing, loosing the colt?" {6} And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go. {7} Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. {8} And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread <them> on the road. {9} Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: "Hosanna! 'Blessed <is> He who comes in the name of the LORD!' {10} Blessed <is> the kingdom of our father David That comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" {11} And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve.

26. The Messiah must enter the Temple with authority.

  • Hag 2:7-9 (NKJV) 'and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,' says the LORD of hosts. {8} 'The silver <is> Mine, and the gold <is> Mine,' says the LORD of hosts. {9} 'The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,' says the LORD of hosts. 'And in this place I will give peace,' says the LORD of hosts." 

    Mal 3:1 (NKJV) "Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming," Says the LORD of hosts. 

    His temple must exist when He comes. 

    Mat 21:12-24 (NKJV) Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. {13} And He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves.' " {14} Then <the> blind and <the> lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. {15} But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant {16} and said to Him, "Do You hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes. Have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise'?" {17} Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there. {18} Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. {19} And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, "Let no fruit grow on you ever again." Immediately the fig tree withered away. {20} And when the disciples saw <it>, they marveled, saying, "How did the fig tree wither away so soon?" {21} So Jesus answered and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done. {22} "And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." {23} Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, "By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?" {24} But Jesus answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things: 

    Luke 2:45-50 (NKJV) So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. {46} Now so it was <that> after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. {47} And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. {48} So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, "Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously." {49} And He said to them, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?" {50} But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them. 

    John 2:13-22 (NKJV) Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. {14} And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers doing business. {15} When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers' money and overturned the tables. {16} And He said to those who sold doves, "Take these things away! Do not make My Father's house a house of merchandise!" [Let me refer you back to Psalm 69:9 which we red as part of point #23.] {17} Then His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up." {18} So the Jews answered and said to Him, "What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?" {19} Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." {20} Then the Jews said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?" {21} But He was speaking of the temple of His body. {22} Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said. 

    The following verses also refer to a spiritual temple (metaphorical): 

    1 Cor 3:16-17 (NKJV) Do you not know that you are the temple of God and <that> the Spirit of God dwells in you? {17} If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which <temple> you are. 

    2 Cor 6:16 (NKJV) And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them And walk among <them>. I will be their God, And they shall be My people." 

    Eph 2:19-22 (NKJV) Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, {20} having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner <stone>, {21} in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, {22} in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

27. The Messiah must be hated without cause.

  • Psa 69:4 (NKJV) Those who hate me without a cause Are more than the hairs of my head; They are mighty who would destroy me, <Being> my enemies wrongfully; Though I have stolen nothing, I <still> must restore <it>. 

    Isa 49:7 (NKJV) Thus says the LORD, The Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, To Him whom man despises, To Him whom the nation abhors, To the Servant of rulers: "Kings shall see and arise, Princes also shall worship, Because of the LORD who is faithful, The Holy One of Israel; And He has chosen You." 

    John 7:48 (NKJV) "Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? 

    John 15:24-25 (NKJV) "If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. {25} "But <this happened> that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, 'They hated Me without a cause.'

28. The Messiah must be undesired and rejected by his own people.

  • Psa 69:8 (NKJV) I have become a stranger to my brothers, And an alien to my mother's children; 

    Isa 53:2 (NKJV) For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, <There is> no beauty that we should desire Him. 

    Mark 6:3 (NKJV) "Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary [Miryam'], and brother of James [Ya`akov], Joses [Yosi], Judas [Y'hudah], and Simon [Shim`on]? And are not His sisters here with us?" And they were offended at Him. 

    Luke 9:58 (NKJV) And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air <have> nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay <His> head." 

    John 1:11 (NKJV) He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 

    John 7:3-5 (NKJV) His brothers therefore said to Him, "Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing. {4} "For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world." {5} For even His brothers did not believe in Him.

29. The Messiah must be rejected by the Jewish leadership.

  • Psa 118:22 (NKJV) The stone <which> the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. 

    Mat 21:42 (NKJV) Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord's doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes'? 

    John 7:48 (NKJV) "Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? 

    The Pharisees still control the Orthodox Jewish religion.

30. The Messiah must be plotted against by Jews and Gentiles together.

  • Psa 2:1-2 (NKJV) Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? {2} The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, ...... 

    Acts 4:27-28 (NIV) Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. {28} They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 

    Yes, the rulers of this world do the will of God, whether they know it or not.

31. The Messiah must be betrayed by a friend.

  • Psa 41:9 (NKJV) Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up <his> heel against me. 

    Mat 26:21-25 (NKJV) Now as they were eating, He said, "Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me." {22} And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, "Lord, is it I?" {23} He answered and said, "He who dipped <his> hand with Me in the dish will betray Me. {24} "The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born." {25} Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, "Rabbi, is it I?" He said to him, "You have said it." 

    Mat 26:47 (NKJV) And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people. 

    verse 50 (NKJV) But Jesus said to him, "Friend, why have you come?" Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. 

    John 13:18-21 (NKJV) "I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, 'He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.' {19} "Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am <He>. {20} "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me." {21} When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me." 

    Acts 1:16-18 (NKJV) "Men <and> brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; {17} "for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry." {18} (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out.

32. The Messiah must be sold for thirty pieces of silver.

  • Zec 11:12 (NKJV) Then I said to them, "If it is agreeable to you, give <me> my wages; and if not, refrain." So they weighed out for my wages thirty <pieces> of silver. 

    Mat 26:15 (NKJV) and said, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?" And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.

33. The Messiah must have his price given for a potters field.

  • Zec 11:13 (NKJV) And the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter"; that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty <pieces> of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD for the potter. 

    Mat 27:3-8 (NIV) When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. {4} "I have sinned," he said, "for I have betrayed innocent blood." "What is that to us?" they replied. "That's your responsibility." {5} So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. {6} The chief priests picked up the coins and said, "It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money." {7} So they decided to use the money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners. {8} That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 

    Wasn't that righteous of them! Sounds like our politicians today.

34. The Messiah must be forsaken by his disciples.

  • Zec 13:7 (NKJV) "Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, Against the Man who is My Companion," Says the LORD of hosts. "Strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered; Then I will turn My hand against the little ones. 

    Mat 26:31 (NKJV) Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: 'I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' 

    verse 56 (NKJV) "But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.

35. The Messiah must be struck on the cheek.

  • Micah 5:1 (NKJV) Now gather yourself in troops, O daughter of troops; He has laid siege against us; They will strike the judge of Israel with a rod on the cheek. 

    Mat 27:30 (NKJV) Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.

36. The Messiah must be spat on.

  • Isa 50:6 (NKJV) I gave My back to those who struck <Me>, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting. 

    We just read the verse in Mat 27:30 but here's another: 

    Mat 26:67 (NKJV) Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck <Him> with the palms of their hands,

37. The Messiah must be mocked.

  • Psa 22:7-8 (NKJV) All those who see Me ridicule Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, <saying>, {8} "He trusted in the LORD, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!" 

    Mat 27:31 (NKJV) And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His <own> clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified. 

    Mat 27:39-44 (NKJV) And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads {40} and saying, "You who destroy the temple and build <it> in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross." {41} Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, {42} "He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. {43} "He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, 'I am the Son of God.' " {44} Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.

38. The Messiah must be beaten. [We just read these verses so I'll just list them for you again.]

  • Isa 50:6 (NKJV) I gave My back to those who struck <Me>, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting. 

    Mat 26:67 (NKJV) Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck <Him> with the palms of their hands, 

    Mat 27:26 (NKJV) Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered <Him> to be crucified. 

    Mat 27:30 (NKJV) Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.

39. The Messiah must be executed by crucifixion, by having his hands and feet pierced.

  • Psa 22:16 (NKJV) For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; 

    Zec 12:10 (NKJV) "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for <his> only <son>, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. 

    Mat 27:35 (NKJV) Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: "They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots." 

    Luke 24:39 (NKJV) "Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have." 

    Rev 1:7 (NKJV) Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

40. The Messiah must be thirsty during his execution.

  • Psa 22:15 (NKJV) My strength is dried up like a potsherd [a piece of pottery], And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death. 

    John 19:28 (NKJV) After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I thirst!"

41. The Messiah must be given vinegar to quench that thirst.

  • Psa 69:21 (NKJV) They also gave me gall [a poisonous plant] for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. 

    Mat 27:34 (NKJV) they gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted <it>, He would not drink.

42. The Messiah must be executed without having a bone broken.

  • Exo 12:46 (NKJV) "In one house it shall be eaten; you shall not carry any of the flesh outside the house, nor shall you break one of its bones. 

    Psa 34:20 (NKJV) He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken. 

    John 19:33-36 (NKJV) But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. {34} But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. {35} And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. {36} For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, "Not <one> of His bones shall be broken."

43. The Messiah must be considered a transgressor.

  • Isa 53:12 (NKJV) Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. 

    Mat 27:38 (NKJV) Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.

44. The Messiah must be the one whose death would atone for the sins of mankind.

  • Isa 53:5-7 (NKJV) But He <was> wounded for our transgressions, <He was> bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace <was> upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. {6} All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. {7} He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. 

    Isa 53:12 (NKJV) Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. 

    Mark 10:45 (NKJV) "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." 

    John 1:29 (NKJV) The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 

    John 3:16 (NKJV) "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 

    Acts 8:30-35 (NKJV) So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?" {31} And he said, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. {32} The place in the Scripture which he read was this: "He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer <is> silent, So He opened not His mouth. {33} In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth." {34} So the eunuch answered Philip and said, "I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?" {35} Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.

45. The Messiah must be buried with the rich when dead.

  • Isa 53:9 (NKJV) And they made His grave with the wicked; But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor <was any> deceit in His mouth. 

    Mat 27:57-60 (NKJV) Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea [Ar-ee-math'-ia], named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. {58} This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. {59} When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, {60} and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed.

46. The Messiah must be raised from the dead.

  • Psa 2:7 (NKJV) "I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, 'You <are> My Son, Today I have begotten You. 

    Psa 16:10 (NKJV) For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. 

    Isa 53:9-10 (NKJV) And they made His grave with the wicked; But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor <was any> deceit in His mouth. {10} Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put <Him> to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see <His> seed, He shall prolong <His> days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. 

    Mat 28 (NKJV) Now after the Sabbath, as the first <day> of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. {2} And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. {3} His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. {4} And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead <men>. {5} But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. {6} "He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. {7} "And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you." {8} So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. {9} And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!" So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. {10} Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go <and> tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me." {11} Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. {12} When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, {13} saying, "Tell them, 'His disciples came at night and stole Him <away> while we slept.' {14} "And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will appease him and make you secure." {15} So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. {16} Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. {17} When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. {18} And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. {19} "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, {20} "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, <even> to the end of the age." Amen. 

    Acts 2:23-36 (NKJV) "Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; {24} "whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. {25} "For David says concerning Him: 'I foresaw the LORD always before my face, For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. {26} Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope. {27} For You will not leave my soul in Hades, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. {28} You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.' {29} "Men <and> brethren, let <me> speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. {30} "Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, {31} "he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. {32} "This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. {33} "Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. {34} "For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: 'The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, {35} Till I make Your enemies Your footstool." ' {36} "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." 

    Acts 13:33-37 (NKJV) "God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.' {34} "And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus: 'I will give you the sure mercies of David.' {35} "Therefore He also says in another <Psalm>: 'You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption.' {36} "For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption [rotted]; {37} "but He whom God raised up saw no corruption [didn't rot]. 

    1 Cor 15:4-6 (NKJV) and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, {5} and that He was seen by Cephas [Peter], then by the twelve. {6} After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.

47. The Messiah must ascend to the right hand of God.

  • Psa 16:11 (NKJV) You will show me the path of life; In Your presence <is> fullness of joy; At Your right hand <are> pleasures forevermore. 

    Psa 68:18 (NKJV) You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, Even <from> the rebellious, That the LORD God might dwell <there>. 

    Psa 110:1 (NKJV) The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool." 

    Luke 24:51 (NKJV) Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. 

    Acts 1:9-11 (NKJV) Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. {10} And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, {11} who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This <same> Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven." 

    Acts 7:55 (NKJV) But he [Stephen], being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 

    Heb 1:3 (NKJV) who being the brightness of <His> glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

48. The Messiah must exercise his priestly office in heaven.

  • Zec 6:1 (NKJV) Then I turned and raised my eyes and looked, and behold, four chariots <were> coming from between two mountains, and the mountains <were> mountains of bronze. 

    Rom 8:34 (NKJV) Who <is> he who condemns? <It is> Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 

    Heb 7:25-28 (NKJV) Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. {26} For such a High Priest was fitting for us, <who is> holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; {27} who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people's, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. {28} For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, <appoints> the Son who has been perfected forever. 

    Heb 8:1-2 (NKJV) Now <this is> the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, {2} a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.

49. The Messiah must be the cornerstone of God's church.

  • Psa 118:22-23 (NKJV) The stone <which> the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. {23} This was the Lord's doing; It <is> marvelous in our eyes. 

    Isa 28:16 (NKJV) Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily. 

    Mat 21:42 (NKJV) Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord's doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes'? 

    Eph 2:20 (NKJV) having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner <stone>, 

    And now as it applies to us: 

    1 Pet 2:5-7 (NKJV) you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. {6} Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, "Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame." {7} Therefore, to you who believe, <He is> precious; but to those who are disobedient, "The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,"

50. The Messiah must be sought after by Gentiles as well as Jews.

  • Isa 11:10 (NKJV) "And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious." 

    Isa 42:1 (NKJV) "Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One <in whom> My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. 

    Acts 10:45 (NKJV) And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.

51. The Messiah must be accepted by the Gentiles.

  • We just read these first two: 

    Isa 11:10 (NKJV) "And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious." 

    Isa 42:1-4 (NKJV) "Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One <in whom> My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. {2} He will not cry out, nor raise <His voice>, Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. {3} A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth. {4} He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands shall wait for His law." 

    Coastlands are places where ancient mariners would seek rest; hence foreign lands and their peoples. The KJV calls them isles, which may be accurate in the case of Greek isles. 

    Isa 49:1-12 (NKJV) "Listen, O coastlands, to Me, And take heed, you peoples from afar! The LORD has called Me from the womb; From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name. {2} And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, And made Me a polished shaft; In His quiver He has hidden Me." {3} "And He said to me, 'You <are> My servant, O Israel, In whom I will be glorified.' {4} Then I said, 'I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain; Yet surely my just reward <is> with the LORD, And my work with my God.' " {5} "And now the LORD says, Who formed Me from the womb <to be> His Servant, To bring Jacob back to Him, So that Israel is gathered to Him (For I shall be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, And My God shall be My strength), {6} Indeed He says, 'It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob, And to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.' " {7} Thus says the LORD, The Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, To Him whom man despises, To Him whom the nation abhors, To the Servant of rulers: "Kings shall see and arise, Princes also shall worship, Because of the LORD who is faithful, The Holy One of Israel; And He has chosen You." {8} Thus says the LORD: "In an acceptable time I have heard You, And in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give You As a covenant to the people, To restore the earth, To cause them to inherit the desolate heritages; {9} That You may say to the prisoners, 'Go forth,' To those who <are> in darkness, 'Show yourselves.' "They shall feed along the roads, And their pastures <shall be> on all desolate heights. {10} They shall neither hunger nor thirst, Neither heat nor sun shall strike them; For He who has mercy on them will lead them, Even by the springs of water He will guide them. {11} I will make each of My mountains a road, And My highways shall be elevated. {12} Surely these shall come from afar; Look! Those from the north and the west, And these from the land of Sinim." 

    Mat 12:21 (NKJV) And in His name Gentiles will trust." 

    Rom 15:10 (NKJV) And again he says: "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!"

We have reviewed 51 prophetic proofs that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. There are others that have not been covered: Proofs such as the fruits of the Holy Spirit, answered prayer, the fulfillment of prophecies given by Christ. Ask yourself this question: Does God work out events on this earth? These 51 prophetic proofs should enable you to give a resounding "Yes" to that question. Please study these points. I think you will find them edifying each time you do.

 

 

 

Sermon given by Wayne Bedwell

1996

 Copyright 1996, Wayne Bedwell

 

 

 

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