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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Christ In Prophecy

The wealth of Old Testament prophecy fulfilled in Christ is unparalleled.  The magnitude of the reality of these fulfillments is nothing less than the fingerprint of God on Christ’s life and all history.  The prophecy of His birth, the prophecy of His entrance into Jerusalem and the prophecy of His garments being parted at the crucifixion all speak of God’s intricate attention to detail in heralding His Son.

Isaiah 7:14 speaks of Christ’s birth, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”  The New Testament fulfillment is found in Matthew 1:18, 24,25, “She was found with child of the Holy Spirit. . .Then Joseph. . .did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.”

Zechariah 9:9 proclaims, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!  Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!  Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, humble, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.”  Luke 19:35-37 speaks it the New Testament fulfillment, “And they brought him to Jesus.  And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him.  And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road. Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives.”

Psalm 22:18 foretells events of the crucifixion, “They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”  John 19:23,24 tells the fulfillment, “The soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic.  Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece.  They said. . . ‘Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be.’”

The Bible is absolutely accurate and reliable.  Put your trust in Him.

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