Proving Jesus Using Scripture
Rob Rennie | Everyone loves to talk scripture in the Old Testament when debating whether Jesus is the true Messiah or not. Some use Old Testament verses to justify their disbelief in Jesus as the Messiah, while others do the opposite. What’s the right answer?
Knowledge of Jesus Christ must be given to you by God. It’s not something you can ascertain through rigorous academic research. This is the main problem with debating scripture because we often interpret scripture based on our own limited perspectives. If finding out whether Jesus is the Messiah really is that high on your priority list, you’ll take it the Lord so he can confirm it to you. Of course, the other problem is, most people don’t know to do that.
But there’s another way to verify Jesus is the Messiah through scripture if you’re willing to look at things from a spiritual point of view, which is the way God sees the world. Most Jewish scholars and rabbis will tell you that the reason why Jesus isn’t the Messiah is because he doesn’t fulfill any of the scriptures that refer to who the Messiah will be. Really? Let’s take another look, shall we?
Proving Jesus Using Scripture
1. “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).
Here we have a straight-forward scripture referring to the Lord Jesus being born of a virgin, which he was. Also of note, the name ‘Immanuel’ is translated ‘God with us,’ which is exactly who Jesus was, God in the flesh, or God dwelling among us.
2. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Genesis 49:10).
Here’s a verse referring to the Messiah coming from the town of Bethlehem, which is where Jesus was born.
3. “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass” (Zechariah 9:9).
The Lord Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey five days before Passover.
4.“All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him” (Psalm 22:7-8).
The Messiah would be mocked.
5. “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined (Daniel 9:24-24).
The prophet Daniel talks about “making an end of sins and reconciliation for iniquity” in the same breath as he’s talking about the Messiah being “cut-off” or killed. This is a direct reference to Jesus Christ, who was crucified for our sins.
6. “But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness” (Leviticus 16:10).
Under the law of Moses in ancient Israel, every year, all the sins of Israel were placed on what they called ‘the scapegoat.’ After the high priest laid his hands on the goat and confessed Israel’s sins onto the goat, it was led into the wilderness. This was God’s way of foreshadowing what Jesus Christ would do on the cross for us.
7. “In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.
All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.
And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the Passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof” (Exodus 12:46-48).
The above verses refer to the keeping of Passover as well as detailed instructions regarding the Passover lamb. The feast of Passover is a direct foreshadowing of Jesus Christ, who was sacrificed for the sins of humanity. Those with Jesus’ blood covering are allowed to walk in freedom from spiritual bondage in this life and the next in much the same way the Israelites were ‘passed over’ by the angel of death when they marked their door-posts with lamb’s blood. Jesus was crucified on Passover and the second he gave up the ghost, the shofar was blown in Jerusalem, signifying the ceremonial Passover lamb had just been slaughtered.
There are many other verses from the Old Testament that point to Jesus being the Messiah, but I picked out the seven most compelling. If you’d like to read a more complete list of fulfilled prophecies and symbols that foreshadow Jesus Christ, click here.
To me, the number one reason why Jesus is overlooked as the Messiah foretold in the Old Testament is because there is such an enormous lack of understanding as to the spiritual ramifications of sin and demonic influence. Most Jews, Muslims, and nonbelievers fail to acknowledge demons or spiritual bondage, thus they have no basis for understanding how Jesus’ sacrifice made any difference. It’s those of us who have been set free from depression, anxiety, hate, unforgiveness, and other demonically-inspired realities who know that there’s power in the name of Jesus.
You have to understand the problem before you can understand the solution. The original problem, the source of all of humanity’s problems is sin. The Messiah foretold in the Old Testament would be the one who solved this problem. By dying on the cross for our sins, Jesus did exactly that. He reconciled us to God through belief in him because no amount of animal sacrifice could ever make us right with God after all of the sins we’ve committed and he also destroyed the works of the devil, so that we could finally receive real spiritual freedom from all the demonic bondage and influence we’ve been under that has driven a wedge between us and God. And through the power of the Holy Spirit, which has been given to all believers to direct our paths and teach us righteousness, we can finally learn how to be holy and without sin! The Messiah is and always was a spiritual savior, not a physical one.