Was Jesus the Son of God #1
To my knowledge, there are two things which no one who believes the Old Testament to be the inspired word of God, denies. One, that God, through the Old Testament writers promised time and time again that He would some day send His Son into the world. Two, that more than nineteen hundred years ago, there was one born in the city of Bethlehem who claimed to be the fulfillment of that promise. Yes, all agree that these two things are true.
However, there may be some who are not altogether convinced that the claim made by Jesus was true.
As far as I am concerned, I believe He was the Son of God. Yet, at the same time, I realize that this does not within itself necessarily make it so.
So in this article, I am not asking you to believe Jesus is the Son of God just because I say so, but I do beseech you to read carefully the following evidence.
I believe Jesus is the Son of God because the record of events relevant to His birth and life, proves He was the one of whome the Old Testament writers spake.
THE PROPHECIES CONCERNING CHRIST
Prophecy: To be born of a woman (Genesis 3:15).
Fulfillment: Born of a woman (John 19:26).
Prophecy: To be born of a Jewish woman (Genesis
Fulfillment: Born of a Jewish Woman (John 4:9).
Prophecy: To be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14).
Fulfillment: Born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18-23).
Prophecy: To be born of the seed of Isaac (Genesis
Fulfillment: Born of the seed of Isaac (Romans 9:5-7).
Prophecy: To be born of the tribe of Judah (Genesis
Fulfillment: Born of the tribe of Judah (Hebrews 7:14).
Prophecy: To be born of the house of David (Psalms
Fulfillment: Born of the house of David (Luke 3:23-37).
Prophecy: To be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).
Fulfillment: Born in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1).
Prophecy: He was to be called Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14).
Fulfillment: He was called Immanuel (Matthew 1:23).
Prophecy: Children to be put to death (Jeremiah
Fulfillment: Children were put to death (Matthew 2:14).
Prophecy: He was to spend some time in Egypt (Hosea
Fulfillment: He spent some time in Egypt (Matthew 2:14-18).
Prophecy: To cause the eyes of the blind to be opened,
the ears of the deaf to hear, the tongue of the dumb to speak, the legs of the
lame to leap (Isaiah 35:5-6).
Fulfillment: These things He did (Matthew 11:1-5).
Prophecy: To be rejected of men (Isaiah 53:3).
Fulfillment: Was rejected of men (John 1:11-12).
Prophecy: He was to be betrayed by a friend (Psalms
Fulfillment: He was betrayed by a friend (Matthew 26:48).
Prophecy: He was to be betrayed for thirty pieces of
silver (Zechariah 11:10-12).
Fulfillment: He was betrayed for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 27:9).
Prophecy: He was to be deserted (Zechariah 13:7).
Fulfillment: He was deserted (Matthew 26:56).
Prophecy: His trial and crucifixion foretold (Isaiah
Fulfillment: These events occured (Matthew 27).
Prophecy: He was to die with transgressors (Isaiah
Fulfillment: He died with transgressors (Matthew 27:38).
Prophecy: Nails to be driven into His hands and feet
Fulfillment: Nails were driven in hands and feet (John 20:25-27).
Prophecy: His garments to be parted and gambled for
Fulfillment: Garments were parted and gambled for (John 19:23-24).
Prophecy: Sun to be darkened the day He died (Joel
Fulfillment: Sun was darkened the day He died (Luke 23:44-45).
Prophecy: To be given vinegar to drink (Psalms
Fulfillment: Vinegar was given Him to drink (John 19:28-30).
Prophecy: No bones to be broken (Psalms 34:20).
Fulfillment: No bones were broken (John 19:36).
Prophecy: His side to be pierced (Zechariah 12:10).
Fulfillment: His side was pierced (John 19:33-34).
Prophecy: To be buried by a rich man (Isaiah 53:9).
Fulfillment: He was buried by a rich man (Matthew 27:57-58).
Prophecy: He was to be raised by the third day (Hosea
Fulfillment: He was raised the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
The above cited scriptures reveal four basic facts.
One, God's purpose from the beginning was to send Christ into the world. Two, His arrival in the world would be as a human being, whose outward appearance would be that of all other men. Three, He would through His inspired prophets of old, provide us with many, both great and incidental events that would be peculiar to His Son's conception, birth, and thirty-three years stay on the planet Earth. Four, this advanced information was given unto us as identifying marks and they all fit Jesus like a glove.
So you see, dear readers, we are not left to guess, or say well, maybe. No, we know that inasmuch as Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies, He was no doubt the Son of God.
By: Tommy Hodge
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