16. Jesus Is the Messiah
|1. HOW DID
ISAIAH DESCRIBE MESSIAH?
1JM Isa. 9:6 The human child will be the mighty God. This is a contradiction in human logic, but, as Jesus said, ". . . with God, all things are possible. . ." (Matthew 19:26)" So the fact that this human child would be God all makes (some) sense when we realize that nothing is to hard for the Lord (cf. Genesis 18:14).
2. WHAT MIRACLE WOULD MARK HIS BIRTH?
2JM Isa. 7:14 Born of a virgin. (The Hebrew word used for virgin could also refer to any young woman. However, Matt. 1:23, quotes from the Greek translation of the Old Testament which applies it specifically to a virgin.)
3. WHERE WOULD MESSIAH BE BORN?
3JM Micah 5:2 He would be born in Bethlehem.
• Matt. 2:4-6 reveals that the Jewish leaders of the time believed
4. HOW DOES MATTHEW SHOW THAT JESUS OF NAZARETH FULFILLED THESE OLD TESTAMENT PREDICTIONS?
4JM Matt. 1:18-2:1 Matthew, in relating the historical birth of Jesus, quotes from several Old Testament predictions that were applied by the Jews to the coming of the Messiah.
5. ACCORDING TO ISAIAH, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE GREAT THINGS MESSIAH WOULD DO?
5JM Isa. 42:6, 7 Messiah was going to be a light to the Gentiles; He would open the eyes of the blind; He would raise the dead to life again.
6. IN SPITE OF HIS GREATNESS, WHAT WOULD ONE OF HIS CLOSE FRIENDS DO?
6JM Ps. 41:9 A close friend would betray Him.
7. HOW MUCH WOULD THE TRAITOR RECEIVE FOR BETRAYING JESUS, AND WHAT
WOULD HE, AT LAST, DO WITH THE MONEY?JM
7JM Zech. 11:12, 13 His price would be 30 pieces of silver; these would be thrown to the potter in the House of the Lord. [cf. Matt. 26:14-16; 27:3-8]
8. WHAT HORRIBLE THINGS WOULD HAPPEN TO MESSIAH?
8JM Ps. 22:16-18 God's enemies would pierce His hands and
feet; but they would not break His bones. While He was dying his enemies
would divide His garments by lot. (compare these texts)
9JM Ps. 16:10 The Messiah would not decay in the grave.
10JM Dan. 9:24-27 Daniel foretold the exact time when Messiah would appear (see Chart A). [cf. Luke 3:1, 21 see Chart B]
11. DID JESUS EVEN CLAIM TO BE THE MESSIAH?
11JM John 4:25, 26 Yes. At Jacob's well in Sychar Jesus overtly claimed to be the Messiah. He did not claim to be the Messiah to anyone in Judea (other than His disciples). But in Samaria, to the people of whom the Jews bore so much hatred, Jesus revealed Himself to be the Messiah.
12. WHAT DID JESUS SAY HE WANTED TO GIVE US?
12JM Matt. 11:28-30 He came to give us rest, and to invite us to
carry His yoke of service.
THE MESSIAH OF PROPHECY
Isa. 9:6—The child is God Matt. 1:23
Results of His work
WHAT JESUS SAID ABOUT HIMSELF
• Equality with God John 5:17, 18; 10:30-33; 14:8, 9
"Dr. Peter Stoner, former chairman of the departments of mathematics, astronomy, and engineering at Pasadena College (California), worked with 600 students for several years applying the 'principle of probability' to the prophecies of the Messiah's coming. They chose just eight from the many available and finally decided the chances of all eight being fulfilled in one man in a lifetime is one in 10 x1031 (10 with 31 zeros). What would the odds be on the more than 125 prophecies of the Messiah? It couldn't just happen [by chance]!" Amazing Facts Lesson 1
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The top line is the Jewish calendar used by Luke to number the years of Tiberius Caesar’s reign. The bottom line is the Roman calendar, AD dates, which we use today. This calendar when compared with Daniel’s Prophetic Chronology gives credence to the Christian belief that Jesus fulfilled the time-test for the appearance of Messiah.