Proving Jesus is the Messiah from the Old Testament

by: Bill Bratt

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At the time of Jesus and the apostles the only Holy Scriptures available is what we today call the Old Testament. The New Testament began primarily as letters or epistles written to the churches or to individuals beginning around 50 A.D.

Letís notice what the apostle Paul told Timothy: "And that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:15 NKJV).

Notice that the Old Testament scriptures can make you wise for salvation.

Now letís notice what Jesus said to His disciples: "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! {26} "Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?" {27} And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself" (Luke 24:25-27 NKJV).

Jesus expounded the Scriptures concerning Himself starting with the first five books of the Old Testament, the law that Moses wrote, and He expounded the writings of the Prophets. How much time did Jesus spend with His disciples in going through these passages? This must have taken Jesus several hours to expound these scriptures.

Two books in the New Testament, Matthew and Hebrews, are written to the Jews. If you think there is a possibility that you will be discussing the New Testament scriptures with Jewish people, then read these two books to see how Matthew and the writer of Hebrews witnessed to the Jews.

There is a "story thread" that runs through the Old Testament of the Coming of the Messiah. When we come to the end of the Old Testament, the entire Story of the coming Messiah has been pre-written and cannot refer to any other Person in History.

There is a saying: "The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed. The New Testament is the Old Testament revealed." The following Old Testament scriptures plainly point forward to the Coming of the Messiah. The New Testament scriptures reveals what the Old Testament conceals, that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. He fulfills all of the Old Testament scriptures.

There are over three hundred Old Testament prophecies that discuss the Messiah. In this Bible Study type article, we will take a look at a few of these prophecies. We will look at the Old Testament portrayal and then see where it is fulfilled in the New Testament.

1 - Messiah to be the seed of the Woman

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

(Galatians 4:4 NKJV) But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law."

Disciples Study Bible: This is the first foregleam of the gospel. The seed or offspring of the woman is Jesus (Galatians 4:4). The bruising of His heel is the crucifixion. The crushing of the serpent is the provisional overcoming of the evil one by the cross (Hebrews 2:14) and the ultimate overcoming at the final appearing of Christ (Revelation 20:10). Christians are encouraged by the victory of Christ, from the first to the last of our Bible (Romans 16:20).

2 - Messiah to be the seed of Abraham

(Genesis 12:3 NKJV) I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you (Abraham) all the families of the earth shall be blessed."

Ryrie Study Bible: Vs. 12:3 bless . . . curse. Abraham's relation to God was so close that to bless or curse him was, in effect, to bless or curse God. See examples in 20:2-18; 21:22-34; 23:1-20. in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. This promise was fulfilled in the coming of Abraham's seed, Christ (Galatians 3:8, 16).

(Genesis 18:18 NKJV) "since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

(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, ..... {34} the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,"

(Matthew 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.'

(Galatians 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 - Messiah to be of the tribe of Judah

(Genesis 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.

Believerís Study Bible: "The "scepter" was a symbol of kingship, indicating the preeminence of Judah as the theocratic head over later Israel. "From between his feet" is a picture of the head of state or chieftain, seated with his wand of office held before him, and extending down to his feet. Judah's superiority of character had appeared early, when he proposed to sell Joseph rather than take his life (37:26 ff.). Judah's character rose higher when he offered himself to Jacob as a pledge for Benjamin and pleaded with Joseph on Benjamin's behalf (43:9, 10; 44:16 ff.). The coming of "Shiloh" is not to terminate the reign of Judah, but it is the coming of "Shiloh" which would bring about Judah's rule over the nations. "Shiloh," therefore, is a reference to the Messiah, and the patriarch is here proclaiming the coming of the Messiah. Some commentators translate "Shiloh" as "to whom it belongs," indicating that the scepter will remain in Judah until the Person comes to whom rulership belongs."

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

(Matthew 1:1-2 NKJV) The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: {2} Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers.

4 - Messiah to be of the seed of Jacob

(Numbers 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.

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

(Matthew 1:1-2 NKJV) The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: {2} Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers.

5 - Messiah to be of the seed of David

(Isaiah 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.

(2 Samuel 7:12-16 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. {14} "I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men. {15} "But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. {16} "And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever."'

(Psalms 89:3-4 NKJV) "I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David: {4} 'Your seed I will establish forever, And build up your throne to all generations.'"

(Psalms 132:11 NKJV) The LORD has sworn in truth to David; He will not turn from it: "I will set upon your throne the fruit of your body."

Disciplesí Study Bible: "JESUS CHRIST, Foretold--This verse recalls once more the promise of a perpetual heir for David's throne. It is related to Psalms 89 and is reaffirmed in the New Testament (Matthew 1:1; Luke 1:32; Acts 2:30; 13:23; Romans 1:3; 2 Timothy 2:8). No physical kingdom lasts forever. Jesus as David's heir is the rightful successor and the fulfillment of the promise. His kingdom is eternal."

(Luke 1:32-33 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. {33} "And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."

6 - Messiah to be a prophet like Moses

(Deuteronomy 18:15 NKJV) "The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me (Moses) from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear," ..... {19} 'And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.

Believerís Study Bible: "Prophets (navi^, Hebrew) were God's spokesmen to His people. They would be from among the Israelites (vv. 16-22) and would function as Moses had. Although this prophecy included all the true prophets the Lord would send, its ultimate fulfillment would be in Christ (cf. Luke 9:35; Acts 3:22, 23; 7:37). Note from the test of a true prophet in v. 22 that one of his characteristics was that he could predict the future, and he would do so with flawless accuracy."

(John 1:45 NKJV) Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote; Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

(Acts 3:22-23 NKJV) "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. {23} 'And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.'

(Acts 7:37 NKJV) "This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, 'The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear.'

7 - Messiah to be the son of God

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

Ryrie Study Bible: Vs. 2:7 My Son. The legitimate Davidic king (2 Sam. 7:14). Today I have begotten You. The day of coronation. The New Testament relates this to Christ's resurrection (Acts 13:33-34; Rom. 1:4; Heb. 1:5; 5:5).

Disciplesí Study Bible: JESUS CHRIST, Foretold--This Old Testament riddle became a New Testament affirmation. The answer Christians give to each of these questions is Jesus Christ..... The angel of the annunciation identified Him as the Son of God (Lk 1:35). Jesus was declared to be the Son of God at His baptism (Mt 3:17). He acknowledged His sonship before the high priest (Mk 14:62). Paul affirmed the special sonship of Jesus (Ro 1:4). Peter's confession (Mt 16:16) identified Jesus as "Christ, the Son of the living God.''

(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.

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

8 - Messiah to be born of a virgin

(Isaiah 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.

(Luke 1:27 NKJV) "to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary."

(Matthew 1:18-25 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. ...... {22} So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: {23} "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."

(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." .... {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.

9 - Messiah would be born in Bethlehem

(Micah 5:2 NKJV) "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."

(Matthew 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 2:4-6 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.

Comment: This is a very important prophecy that proves that Jesus was the Messiah. A person who is a fraud could not predict where he was born.

10 - Messiah would be a refugee in Egypt

(Hosea 11:1 NKJV) "When Israel was a child, I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.

(Matthew 2:15 NKJV) "and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of Egypt I called My Son."

11 - Messiah would grow in Galilee

(Isaiah 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.

(Luke 2:39-40 NKJV) So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. {40} And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

12 - Messiahís coming would invoke the death of many babies

(Jeremiah 31:15 NKJV) Thus says the LORD: "A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more."

(Matthew 2:17-18 NKJV) Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: {18} "A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more."

Comment: Jesus was the only male boy of his age because all of the others had been killed.

13 - Messiah would preach the gospel of the kingdom of God

(Isaiah 61:1-3 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, {3} To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified."

(Luke 4:16-19 NKJV) So He (Jesus) came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. {17} And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: {18} "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."

14 - Messiah would provide salvation to all nations

(Isaiah 42:1-6 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." {5} Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, And spirit to those who walk on it: {6} "I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles,"

(Matthew 12:18-21 NKJV) "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. {20} A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench, Till He sends forth justice to victory; {21} And in His name Gentiles will trust."

15 - Messiah would become our Sacrifice and Healer

(Isaiah 53:5-6 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.

Believerís Study Bible: The word "wounded" (meholal, Heb.) literally means "pierced." The vicarious and substitutionary nature of His suffering and death, in which Jesus laid down His own life in behalf of every man who would accept His redemption, is set forth (cf. 1 Pet. 2:24, 25).

(1 Peter 2:24-25 NKJV) who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed. {25} For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

16 - Messiah would conceal His word by speaking in parables

(Isaiah 6:9-10 NKJV) And He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.' {10} "Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And return and be healed."

(Matthew 13:14-15 NKJV) "And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: 'Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; {15} For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.'

(Matthew 13:34-35 NKJV) All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, {35} that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world."

17 - Messiah would be rejected by the rulers 

(Psalms 118:22 NKJV) The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.

(Matthew 21:42-44 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'? {43} "Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. {44} "And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder."

18 - Messiah to perform miracles

(Isaiah 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.

(John 11:47 NKJV) Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, "What shall we do? For this Man works many signs.

(Matthew 11:3-6 NKJV) and said to Him, "Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?" {4} Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things which you 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. {6} "And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me."

19 - Messiah as intercessor

(Isaiah 59:16 NKJV) He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.

Websterís Dictionary defines "intercession" as the act of interceding which is defined as "to intervene between parties with a view to reconciling differences : MEDIATE"

(Hebrews 9:15 NKJV) And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

20 - Messiah would be a shepherd and His flock scattered

(Zechariah 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.

(John 10:11-16 NKJV) "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. .... {14} "I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.

(Matthew 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.'

21 - Messiah would make a triumphant entry into Jerusalem

(Zechariah 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.

(Matthew 21:5 NKJV) "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.'"

22 - Messiah would be betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver

(Zechariah 11:12-13 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. {13} 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.

(Matthew 27:9 NKJV) Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, "And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced,"

(Matthew 27:3 NKJV) Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

23 - Messiah would die besides criminals and buried by a rich man

(Isaiah 53:8-9 NKJV) He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. {9} 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.

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

(Matthew 27:57-60 NKJV) Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, 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.

24 - Messiah given Vinegar and Gall 

(Psalms 69:21 NKJV) They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

(John 19:29 KJV) Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

Strongís Concordance G3690. oxos, ox-os'; from G3691; vinegar, i.e. sour wine:--vinegar.

(John 19:28-29 NKJV) After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I thirst!" {29} Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.

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

25 - Messiahís garments - They would cast lots for them

(Psalms 22:18 NKJV) They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.

(John 19:23-24 NKJV) Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. {24} They said therefore among themselves, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be," that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: "They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots." Therefore the soldiers did these things.

26 - Messiah - Not one bone would be broken

(Exodus 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.

(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!

(1 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV) Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

(John 19:31-36 NKJV) Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. {32} Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. {33} 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."

27 - Messiah would be pierced

(Zechariah 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.

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

(John 19:34 NKJV) But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.

28 - Messiah would be forsaken by God 

(Psalms 22:1 NKJV) My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning?

(Matthew 27:46 NKJV) And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"

29 - Messiah was to die as a sacrifice for sin

(Isaiah 53:5-6 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.

(Isaiah 53:10-12 NKJV) 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. {11} He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. {12} 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.

(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!

(Acts 10:43 NKJV) "To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins."

30 - Messiah was to be raised from the dead

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

(Acts 2:22-24 NKJV) "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know; {23} "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.

31 - Messiah is now at Godís right hand 

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

(Luke 24:50-51 NKJV) And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. {51} Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.

(Hebrews 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,

(Hebrews 8:1 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,

In Conclusion:

When the apostle Paul was in prison, he like Jesus, expounded the Old Testament Scriptures concerning Jesus starting with the first five books of the Old Testament, the law that Moses wrote, and He expounded the writings of the Prophets. "So when they had appointed him a day, many came to him (the apostle Paul) at his lodging, to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening." (Acts 28:23 NKJV.) ..... {30}"Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, {31} preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him."

We have seen from our study of the Old Testament Scriptures that we can prove that Jesus is the Messiah of the Old Testament.

We have seen that the New Testament reveals what the Old Testament concealed that Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, the anointed.


You can learn more information on this topic from the following books:

"All the Messianic Prophecies of the Bible" by: Herbert Lockyer - publisher: Zondervan

"Halleyís Bible Handbook" by: H.H. Halley - Pages: 387-401-publisher: Zondervan


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