A characteristic of Bible prophecy is the fact that it is centered in the Messiah, Jesus Christ. According to The New Strongs Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, over 40 prophecies in the Old Testament on the Messiah were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
Our study passages come from Luke 24:26, 27, 44.
26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”
Let’s dig in.
In verse 26, we see the main point Jesus was making – Scripture said he would suffer (the first coming) and he would enter into his glory (a 2nd coming).
The Hebrew Bible involves three parts: The Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms. The Hebrew Scriptures predict that Christ would suffer and rise again.
If we look at verse 44, we can see that Jesus used the Scriptures to open the disciples’ minds. Jesus didn’t use reasons or evidence.
The first prophecy fulfilled.
For example, the first prophecy about Christ can be found in Genesis 3:15 in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve had just sinned before God with the help of the serpent, and God had a word for the serpent.
“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.”
Everything written about Jesus in the Old Testament must be fulfilled. Jesus knew everything written about himself, and he did not keep that a secret. The problem was many back then didn’t believe he was the promised and long-awaited Messiah. Sadly, many still feel that way. Many are still waiting on the Messiah to come.
A. T. Robertson said, “Jesus found himself in the Old Testament, a thing some modern scholars do not seem to be able to do.”
As recently as six months ago, there were reports that the Messiah was in Israel, and high-ranking rabbis were meeting with him. The Bible says the Messiah will return, but I don’t see where he will return in that manner – meeting with some high-ranking rabbis on the down-low. I believe his return will be a greater display than that, and everyone will know.
Jesus himself tells us in Mark that false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders to full people.
To sum up today’s lesson, Christ is centered in prophecy. We can’t miss the importance of that. That is to say, as we look at Bible prophecy, let us not miss the common thread throughout – Jesus.
Tomorrow we look at another characteristic of prophecy – inspired by the Spirit.
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