Isa 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
Mat 1:22-23 “Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
When he found out that his girlfriend was pregnant, Joseph was probably, understandably, upset. Instead of humiliating her, he was kind, and decided to divorce her privately. Then, an angel appeared to him in a dream and told him what was really going on. Joseph had an epiphany and realized that his girlfriend was the lady Isaiah was talking about hundreds of years before.
There are 37 miracles. Jesus was an awesome guy! In the original garden of Eden, in the midst of all the heartbreak in heaven, there was a prophecy that the curse on man would one day be broken by the Messiah.
Jesus is both man and God in the flesh, both Messiah and king of the Jews AND God and creator of the universe. Even the Koran says Jesus is the very essence and breath of God.
If He is the very essence and breath of God, then He IS God.
Micah 5:2 “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” This is a prophecy that out of Bethlehem a ruler was to come. When it was said, ‘Come and see, here is the Messiah.’ People didn’t believe because Jesus was raised in Nazareth. People didn’t bother to ask where He was born.
Isaiah 35:4-6 “Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.”
In the gospels it talks about the miracles that Jesus did which fulfilled these prophecies.
Mat 9:33 “And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.”
Mat 9:35 “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”
Mat 11:3-5 “And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”
Why do we have to see to believe? That’s why we are greater than the greatest prophet whoever lived—John—because he saw and doubted. Sometimes, we’re deceived by our sight. In answer to John’s question, Jesus quoted Isaiah. He understood that John needed a little encouragement. He let the works speak for themselves.
Zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”
Jesus fulfilled this. Jesus rode on a donkey in Luke 19:35-37. The people knew the Scriptures. They knew what they were doing.
Psalms 41:9 “Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.” This is a prophecy of Judas betraying Jesus.
He called Judas ‘friend’. He treated them all alike to the point that none of them knew who was the traitor. John 13:21. Jesus couldn’t help but be awesome. He was God robed in flesh.
Zech 11:12-13 “And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.”
This was the exact amount of money Judas was paid for betraying Jesus. Judas threw the money down in the house of the Lord. The priests didn’t know what to do with the money because it was blood money, so they bought a potter’s field with it. Again, an exact fulfillment of prophecy.
Isaiah 53:1-7 “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”
This is talking about the death of the Messiah. Jesus fulfilled all of it.
Psalms 22:1 “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?”
Jesus said this when He was on the cross. Psalm 22 starts out as a Psalm of David. Jesus called David a prophet. Then, he proceeded to fulfill David’s prophecy. Jesus was quoted that verse intentionally. But, the people totally missed it. Jesus was revealing just who He is–even from the cross.
Psa 22:7-8 “All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.”
Psa 22:16 “For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.” Gentiles were referred to as ‘dogs’. Jesus was crucified outside of Jerusalem, surrounded by Romans. As far as the piercing of hands and feet, why would David have written this? Crucifixion wasn’t even invented yet.
Psa 22:17-18 “I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.”
John 19:23-24 “Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.”
It’s the Scriptures that revealed to everyone who Jesus really was. Philip spoke with the Ethiopian who was already reading the Scriptures. He was able to explain through the Old Testament who Jesus really was.
Luke 24:46-48 “And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things.”
Look at all the prophecies that were fulfilled. Their eyes were opened. We’ve got to take this old book and read it for ourselves. We can trust the Word of God because He is able to preserve His Word so that we can see it and follow it for ourselves. Take a look at prophecies that were written hundreds and even thousands of years before He was ever born.
If you will try God’s Word for yourself, then God will show Himself and His promises to you. I tried that and found it to be true.
Napoleon said the Bible is alive. If he understood that, why can’t we?
In the New Testament, the Old Testament is quoted over and over again. There’s a reason for that.
Isaiah 47:4 “As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.”
Isaiah 44:6 “Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.”
Isaiah 43:3 Isa 43:3 For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.”
Isa 43:10-11 “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.”
When Jesus quoted this, claiming to be the same as God, the Pharisees who heard this were so angry they wanted to stone Him. There is no other Savior besides Jesus.
Isaiah 45:21-23 “Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.”
Phil 2:10-11 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Phil 3:20 “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:”
Who’s the savior, Jehovah or Jesus? Who really is Jesus? Is He Jehovah? Jesus is indeed Jehovah.
Zech 14:4-5 “And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.”
Acts 1:11 “Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
Who is Jesus? He is Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. He is God.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by: Pastor Anthony LoCascio