God’s Plan for our Salvation
When sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, God made a plan to send his only Son, Jesus, (Genesis 3:15) who would save all those who believe in Him. .
So, now how would God implement his plan? How would all those people yet to be born recognize their savior? What would it take to show that Jesus had the power to save us and for it to be everlasting?
God’s Love for us is so great that He could not just start over with creation of mankind, so his plan required a lot of time before it would be completed. God would separate out a group of people to follow him who would be blessed and disciplined throughout their time. The Messiah would come from the line of these believers, but not until thousands of years after God had promised to send him.
Here are 47 of the over 400 old testament prophecies predicting the Messiah.
|47 Old Testament Verses About Jesus as Messiah|
|Prophecies of Jesus||Old Testament|
|1||Messiah would be born of a woman.||Genesis 3:15||Matthew 1:20|
|2||Messiah would be born in|
|Micah 5:2||Matthew 2:1|
|3||Messiah would be|
born of a virgin.
|Isaiah 7:14||Matthew 1:22-23|
|4||Messiah would come from the line of|
|5||Messiah would be a descendant of|
|6||Messiah would be a descendant of Jacob.||Numbers 24:17||Matthew 1:2|
|7||Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah.||Genesis 49:10||Luke 3:33|
|8||Messiah would be heir to|
King David’s throne.
|2 Samuel 7:12-13|
|9||Messiah’s throne will be anointed and eternal.||Psalm 45:6-7|
|10||Messiah would be called|
|Isaiah 7:14||Matthew 1:23|
|11||Messiah would spend a season in Egypt.||Hosea 11:1||Matthew 2:14-15|
|12||A massacre of children would happen at Messiah’s birthplace.||Jeremiah 31:15||Matthew 2:16-18|
|13||A messenger would prepare the way for Messiah.||Isaiah 40:3-5||Luke 3:3-6|
|14||Messiah would be preceded by a forerunner.||Malachi 3:1||Matthew 11:10|
|15||Messiah would be rejected by his own people.||Psalm 69:8|
|16||Messiah would be a prophet.||Deuteronomy 18:15||Acts 3:20-22|
|17||Messiah would be preceded by|
|Malachi 4:5-6||Matthew 11:13-14|
|18||Messiah would be declared the|
Son of God.
|Psalm 2:7||Matthew 3:16-17|
|19||Messiah would be called a Nazarene.||Isaiah 11:1||Matthew 2:23|
|20||Messiah would bring light to|
|Isaiah 9:1-2||Matthew 4:13-16|
|21||Messiah would speak in|
|Matthew 13:10-15, 34-35|
|22||Messiah would be sent to heal the brokenhearted.||Isaiah 61:1-2||Luke 4:18-19|
|23||Messiah would be a priest after the order of Melchizedek.||Psalm 110:4||Hebrews 5:5-6|
|24||Messiah would be called King.||Psalm 2:6|
|25||Messiah would enter Jerusalem on a donkey.||Zechariah 11:12||Matthew 21:4-5|
|26||Messiah would be praised by little children.||Psalm 8:2||Matthew 21:16|
|27||Messiah would be betrayed.||Psalm 41:9|
|28||Messiah’s price money would be used to buy a potter’s field.||Zechariah 11:12-13||Matthew 27:9-10|
|29||Messiah would be falsely accused.||Psalm 35:11||Mark 14:57-58|
|30||Messiah would be silent before his accusers.||Isaiah 53:7||Mark 15:4-5|
|31||Messiah would be spat upon and struck.||Isaiah 50:6||Matthew 26:67|
|32||Messiah would be hated without cause.||Psalm 35:19|
|33||Messiah would be|
crucified with criminals.
|Isaiah 53:12||Matthew 27:38|
|34||Messiah would be given vinegar to drink.||Psalm 69:21||Matthew 27:34|
|All||Messiah’s hands and feet would be pierced.||Psalm 22:16|
|36||Messiah would be mocked and ridiculed.||Psalm 22:7-8||Luke 23:35|
|37||Soldiers would gamble for Messiah’s garments.||Psalm 22:18||Luke 23:34|
|38||Messiah’s bones would not be broken.||Exodus 12:46|
|39||Messiah would be forsaken by God.||Psalm 22:1||Matthew 27:46|
|40||Messiah would pray for his enemies.||Psalm 109:4||Luke 23:34|
|41||Soldiers would pierce Messiah’s side.||Zechariah 12:10||John 19:34|
|42||Messiah would be buried with the rich.||Isaiah 53:9||Matthew 27:57-60|
resurrect from the dead.
ascend to heaven.
|Psalm 24:7-10||Mark 16:19|
|45||Messiah would be seated at God’s right hand.||Psalm 68:18|
|46||Messiah would be a sacrifice for sin.||Isaiah 53:5-12||Romans 5:6-8|
|47||Messiah would return a second time.||Daniel 7:13-14||Revelation 19|
The odds of one person being able to fulfill these 47 prophecies and all the remaining Old Testament prophecies is phenomenal. Some have said that for one man to fulfill the first 8 would be like covering the state of Texas 2’ deep in silver dollars, marking one of them, then mixing them up and having a blindfolded person find the marked silver dollar on the first try.
Psalm 22:16-18 predicts the crucifixion of Jesus about 1000 years before Christ was born and long before crucifixion was first used as a means to execute criminals.
There is no question that Jesus is the Messiah that God promised. God’s plan was fulfilled completely by Jesus as God promised. This means that Jesus took all the sins of the world away through living a perfect life and dying on the cross and raising himself again to life to overcome the (wages of sin) death we deserved. God’s plan was completed with Jesus’ resurrection. Those who believe this will be saved. (Ephesians 2: 8-9) “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift from God – not by works, so that no one can boast”.