Did you know there are over 300 Old Testament prophecies that were fulfilled by Jesus on earth recorded in the New Testament? Isn’t that amazing that God planned, promised and delivered on that many prophecies? This gives us hope and confidence knowing that God does what He says He is going to do.
The Old Testament books were written 400 or more years before Jesus came to the earth. What great evidence and proof that God desired reconciliation with us and loved us so much that He sacrificed His Son so our sin could be dealt with once and for all.
These 7 fulfilled prophecies give us an overview of Jesus’ life but definitely not a comprehensive list. These verses are taken from the NIV Bible with Old Testament prophecies and with New Testament fulfillments:
1.) Jesus Was Abraham’s Descendant: From the beginning in Genesis 12:3 when God was speaking to Abraham: “I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you, I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” In Matthew 1:1, it says “This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham…”
2.) Jesus Was Born From a Virgin: In Isaiah 7:14, the prophet wrote “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” In Luke 1:27, it says, “to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.”
3.) Jesus Was Born in Bethlehem: In Micah 5:2, God said, “But you Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” In Luke 2:4, it says “So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.”
4.) Jesus Rode a Donkey’s Colt into Jerusalem: Zachariah 9:9 states: “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” In John 12:14 it states, Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it…”
5.) Jesus Was Our Passover Lamb with No Broken Bones: Exodus 12:46 states, “It must be eaten inside the house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do not break any of the bones.” John 19:33 says, “But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.”
6.) Jesus Resurrected from the Dead: Isaiah 53:11 states, “After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied;” In Romans 6:9, we find “For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.”
7.) We have Peace with God Through His Wounds: Isaiah 53:5 sates, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Colossians 1:20 states, “and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
We encourage everyone to join their community’s National Day of Prayer!
Prayer is so powerful, especially when we are praying together as a body of Christ! Sometimes we forget that we can talk to God at any time and any day. Our human tendency is to think we can do it on our own. But we can’t!
We need the power of Jesus in our lives and we can access this power when we pray to Him and pray in His powerful and mighty name!
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
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