God’s Plan for our Salvation

April 2021

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 JesusOld Testament
Scripture
New Testament
Fulfillment
1Messiah would be born of a woman.Genesis 3:15Matthew 1:20
Galatians 4:4
2Messiah would be born in
Bethlehem.
Micah 5:2Matthew 2:1
Luke 2:4-6
3Messiah would be
born of a virgin.
Isaiah 7:14Matthew 1:22-23
Luke 1:26-31
4Messiah would come from the line of
Abraham.
Genesis 12:3
Genesis 22:18
Matthew 1:1
Romans 9:5
5Messiah would be a descendant of
Isaac.
Genesis 17:19
Genesis 21:12
Luke 3:34
6Messiah would be a descendant of Jacob.Numbers 24:17Matthew 1:2
7Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah.Genesis 49:10Luke 3:33
Hebrews 7:14
8Messiah would be heir to
King David’s throne.
2 Samuel 7:12-13
Isaiah 9:7
Luke 1:32-33
Romans 1:3
9Messiah’s throne will be anointed and eternal.Psalm 45:6-7
Daniel 2:44
Luke 1:33
Hebrews 1:8-12
10Messiah would be called
Immanuel.
Isaiah 7:14Matthew 1:23
11Messiah would spend a season in Egypt.Hosea 11:1Matthew 2:14-15
12A massacre of children would happen at Messiah’s birthplace.Jeremiah 31:15Matthew 2:16-18
13A messenger would prepare the way for Messiah.Isaiah 40:3-5Luke 3:3-6
14Messiah would be preceded by a forerunner.Malachi 3:1Matthew 11:10
15Messiah would be rejected by his own people.Psalm 69:8
Isaiah 53:3
John 1:11
John 7:5
16Messiah would be a prophet.Deuteronomy 18:15Acts 3:20-22
17Messiah would be preceded by
Elijah.
Malachi 4:5-6Matthew 11:13-14
18Messiah would be declared the
Son of God.
Psalm 2:7Matthew 3:16-17
19Messiah would be called a Nazarene.Isaiah 11:1Matthew 2:23
20Messiah would bring light to
Galilee.
Isaiah 9:1-2Matthew 4:13-16
21Messiah would speak in
parables.
Psalm 78:2-4
Isaiah 6:9-10
Matthew 13:10-15, 34-35
22Messiah would be sent to heal the brokenhearted.Isaiah 61:1-2Luke 4:18-19
23Messiah would be a priest after the order of Melchizedek.Psalm 110:4Hebrews 5:5-6
24Messiah would be called King.Psalm 2:6
Zechariah 9:9
Matthew 27:37
Mark 11:7-11
25Messiah would enter Jerusalem on a donkey.Zechariah 11:12Matthew 21:4-5
26Messiah would be praised by little children.Psalm 8:2Matthew 21:16
27Messiah would be betrayed.Psalm 41:9
Zechariah 11:12-13
Luke 22:47-48
Matthew 26:14-16
28Messiah’s price money would be used to buy a potter’s field.Zechariah 11:12-13Matthew 27:9-10
29Messiah would be falsely accused.Psalm 35:11Mark 14:57-58
30Messiah would be silent before his accusers.Isaiah 53:7Mark 15:4-5
31Messiah would be spat upon and struck.Isaiah 50:6Matthew 26:67
32Messiah would be hated without cause.Psalm 35:19
Psalm 69:4
John 15:24-25
33Messiah would be
crucified with criminals.
Isaiah 53:12Matthew 27:38
Mark 15:27-28
34Messiah would be given vinegar to drink.Psalm 69:21Matthew 27:34
John 19:28-30
All Messiah’s hands and feet would be pierced.Psalm 22:16
Zechariah 12:10
John 20:25-27
36Messiah would be mocked and ridiculed.Psalm 22:7-8Luke 23:35
37Soldiers would gamble for Messiah’s garments.Psalm 22:18Luke 23:34
Matthew 27:35-36
38Messiah’s bones would not be broken.Exodus 12:46
Psalm 34:20
John 19:33-36
39Messiah would be forsaken by God.Psalm 22:1Matthew 27:46
40Messiah would pray for his enemies.Psalm 109:4Luke 23:34
41Soldiers would pierce Messiah’s side.Zechariah 12:10John 19:34
42Messiah would be buried with the rich.Isaiah 53:9Matthew 27:57-60
43Messiah would
resurrect from the dead.
Psalm 16:10
Psalm 49:15
Matthew 28:2-7
Acts 2:22-32
44Messiah would
ascend to heaven.
Psalm 24:7-10Mark 16:19
Luke 24:51
45Messiah would be seated at God’s right hand.Psalm 68:18
Psalm 110:1
Mark 16:19
Matthew 22:44
46Messiah would be a sacrifice for sin.Isaiah 53:5-12Romans 5:6-8
47Messiah would return a second time.Daniel  7:13-14Revelation 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”.