The prophesied deliverer of the Jews; the One anointed by God to deliver His people and establish His Kingdom; a Savior to Christians; Jesus Christ.
You search the scriptures, because you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. John 5:39
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The Jews, scribes, and Pharisees searched the scriptures looking for keys to finding their Messiah. They diligently investigated the scriptures but they were spiritually blind to seeing their Messiah as presented in the scriptures. They saw only the Law. They were so legalistic that they searched the scriptures for only one purpose, to interpret the Law. They were so blinded by the Law that they did not recognize the Lawgiver, who came to fulfill the Law and give us eternal life.
As believers, Jesus is our Messiah and our Jewish friends still are looking and waiting to find their Messiah who is Jesus. Many of our Jewish friends today are realizing that Jesus is their Messiah and are turning their lives over to Him.
There are two facts that prove that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. The first proof is Jesus’ resurrection from death into life. The second is that Jesus fulfilled every prophecy made about Him in the Old Testament. There are many, many prophecies about the Messiah and all were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
It was prophesied by Isaiah that the Messiah would be born of a virgin. Micah prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. Jeremiah prophesied that Jesus would be a descendent of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David. The Psalms foretold what Jesus would suffer and that He would be betrayed and accused by false witnesses.
Even His death by crucifixion was prophesied although it was hundreds of years before crucifixion was being used. The most important prophecy that Jesus fulfilled was the prophecy of His resurrection. Without the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we would all be doomed to suffer eternal death and separation from God.
Many of the Psalms prophecy of the Messiah and what would happen to Him. In Psalm 118 we read about the Messiah being rejected. In verse twenty-two it reads, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.” The Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah but the Messiah has become the chief cornerstone of the body of believers, the church.
In Psalm 69, the Messiah is forsaken. In verse four the Messiah says, “Those who hate Me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; they are mighty who would destroy Me, being my enemies wrongfully.” In verse 8 the Messiah says, “I have become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother’s children.” In verse 9, the Messiah says, “Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up.” He is referring to the Temple being desecrated with money changers and by those selling sheep, oxen and doves.
These Psalms go on to talk about the Messiah crucified (Psalm 22); the Messiah resurrected (Psalm 16); the Messiah as our high priest (Psalm 110) and the Messiah as King of Kings in Psalm 2. This Psalm closes with the words. “Blessed are those who put their trust in the King of Kings.” This King of Kings is our Messiah, our Lord and our Savior. Do you know your Messiah? He is the Lord Jesus Christ. Can you say as Andrew did to Simon Peter, “We have found the Messiah” (John 1:41). When you get to know Jesus, your Messiah, you will want to exalt His name just as David did in Psalm 8:1, “O Lord, our Lord how majestic is Your name in all the earth.”
Our memory verse for this week is found in I Peter 1:24-25.
All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls away, but the Word of the Lord endures forever.
Thank You Almighty God, for sending Your Son to this earth to be my Messiah. Help me to communicate today to both my Jewish and Gentile friends, the good news of our Messiah who came to this earth and is in heaven today preparing a place for those of us who have accepted Jesus, Your Son, as our Savior.
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