Messiah. Yeshua. Son of God. Savior. The Lamb of God. The King of kings. Redeemer. Emmanuel.
Our focus now turns to the Messiah. Today, we start the wonderful journey of looking at prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.
The Messiah was prophesied about many times throughout the Old Testament.
The Hebrew people were looking for their Messiah. Many still are today. What they don’t realize is the Messiah came over two thousand years ago. His name? Jesus. His birthplace? Bethlehem? His final resting place? A tomb in Jerusalem.
Oh, but I have great news.
Jesus Christ is risen, and the tomb is empty! He has ascended into heaven, and one day he is coming back. Each day we get closer to his return.
He fulfilled all the prophecies written about him in the Old Testament.
When did these prophecies start? What do scholars say is the first recorded prophecy about the Messiah?
We look no further than the beginning in the book of Genesis. It begins with the seed of a woman.
Genesis 3:15, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
Galatians 4:4, “ But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,”
John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son[a] from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 3:17, “ For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
Who is the offspring referenced in Genesis 3:15? Jesus Christ.
God fulfilled his promise from Genesis 3:15 by sending his son into the world as a baby. He was fully God and fully human.
The offspring of the woman would eventually crush that old serpent, Satan. This promise is fulfilled in Jesus Christ’s victory over Satan. It’s a victory in which all believers will share.
Romans 16:20, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under his feet.”
Still to come?
When Jesus Christ returns, he will deal with the devil once and for all.
Revelation 20:10, “ and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
We are just getting started!
Don’t those passages give you hope? I know I feel hopeful, knowing one day Jesus Christ, my Savior, and Lord will return and handle this mess. While I wait, I look to the heavens and prepare for his arrival.
Join me tomorrow as we look at another prophecy about the Messiah.
Blessings to you and your family!
The Teaching Lady