Saturday, March 8, 2014

Jesus Prophesied He Would Go Just As It Was Written About Him

Matthew, the tax collector whom Jesus had called to follow him and who became one of the twelve disciples, recorded Jesus as saying:

"The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him…" (Matthew 26:24).

When Jesus referred to what was "written about him," he may have been thinking of many passages of the Old Testament, but certainly included would have been Isaiah 53. Here is Isaiah 53 (NIV). As you read it, how many prophecies can you find that Jesus fulfilled?:

1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 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.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth;he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested?For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death,though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied;by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong,because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors.For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Later that same day that Matthew was writing about, Jesus was arrested by Roman soldiers. Peter grabbed his sword to fight for Jesus, but Jesus stopped him saying, "But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way? ... This has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled" (Matthew 26:54, 56).

Jesus himself applied the Old Testament Scriptures and prophecies to himself. Jesus said he would go just as it was written about him. And indeed he did. (Tweet that!)

What prophecies in the Bible can you think of that Jesus might have been thinking of when he said "The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him"?

What prophecies in the Bible can you think of that Jesus has yet to fulfill? (Tweet that!)

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