Why Believe In Jesus?
Jesus fulfilled more than three hundred prophecies.
What is Prophecy
A large part of the Bible contains prophecies. Our word prophecy is from two words meaning to make known before. In other words, Biblical prophets foretell the future by inspiration from God.
Many of the prophecies about Jesus were given thousands or hundreds of years before Jesus came. They were about things that no ordinary man could have controlled.
These prophecies were very detailed and fulfilled completely. Jesus was no ordinary man.
Here are a few examples of how Jesus fulfilled Biblical prophecy.
Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. People and their children waved palm branches and cried out Hosannah. This event fulfilled (Psalm 118) and was the day of gladness that the Lord had both made and foretold.
A friend betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus. Zechariah prophesied hundreds of years before that thirty pieces of silver would be used (Zechariah 11:12). He also stated that it would be thrown into the temple and used to buy the Potters Field.
False witnesses were used at the trial of Jesus. One thousand years before (Psalm 27:12) told us that false witnesses would rise up and breathe out cruelty.
Jesus was crucified. Whilst hanging on the cross, His enemies mocked him. (Psalm 22) gives an amazing number of details about His crucifixion long before crucifixion had been invented as a form of execution.
- The darkness during the crucifixion was foretold (Psalm 22:2).
- The mockery, including what was said and the physical expressions of insult, were detailed (Psalm 22:7, 8).
- The fact that Jesus’s bones were not broken even though the other two crucified with Him suffered that fate is given (Psalm 22:17).
- Jesus had his clothing divided between the soldiers crucifying Him, and lots were cast for His coat. These details were predicted in (Psalm 22:18).
- Jesus cried out the words, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.” These very words begin (Psalm 22:1).
Jesus was offered vinegar wine mixed with gall when hanging on the cross and was prophesied in (Psalm 69:21).
His friends and disciples abandoned Jesus during His trial and crucifixion. (Psalm 38:11) predicted this.
People were either nailed or tied to a cross when crucified. Jesus was nailed. Amazingly Zechariah predicted this detail hundreds of years before (Zechariah 12:10).
Another detailed prophecy about Jesus is (Isaiah 53). Many hundreds of years earlier, Isaiah correctly predicted the crucifixion and what happened after it.
- Jesus was whipped as foretold (Isaiah 53:5).
- Jesus was silent before His accusers, just as Isaiah likened to a sheep before his shearers being dumb (Isaiah 53:7).
- He died with two wicked men but was also buried in the tomb of a rich man (Isaiah 53:9).
- Jesus was sinless and not guilty, as Isaiah also highlighted (Isaiah 53:9).
The resurrection of Jesus after three days was acted out by the prophet Jonah when in a whale for three days and nights. It was also foretold by David (Psalm 16:8-11).
For a more comprehensive listing of prophecies that Jesus fulfilled, I recommend the book “Every Prophecy About Jesus” by John F. Walvoord, published by David C Cook.
There remain some unfulfilled prophecies about Jesus that have yet to happen. We can be sure that these also will occur as predicted because of what has already been fulfilled.
These future promises will have an enormous impact on all of us. We would be wise to live our lives in the light of what is coming.
One promise is that Jesus will return. This coming will be different from His so-called first coming as He will come as the judge and ruler over all the earth. We will all have to bow down to Him. Those who have put their trust in Him for salvation will live with Jesus forever upon a new earth as part of a new creation. Jesus will reject on the day of judgement those who do not follow Him at this time. It is vitally important that we put our trust and respond to Him now (Revelation 19).
Another promise to those who truly follow Him now is that He will work all things together for our good. This promise means we can have hope in this life and not just for the future (Romans 8:28).