I. What Prophecies Did the Messiah Have to Fulfill?
E nter Jerusalem on a donkey Zechariah 9:9 ProphecyFulfillment T T ribe of Judah Genesis 49:10 Luke 3:23, 33 H ouse of David Jeremiah 23:5 Luke 3:23, 31 Matthew 21:1–8
Prophecy Fulfillment B B orn at Bethlehem Micah 5:2 Matthew 2:1 I I ntroduced by a messenger Isaiah 40:3 Matthew 3:1–3 B B ody pierced in crucifixion Zechariah 12:10 John 19:34
Prophecy Fulfillment L L aid to rest with the rich Isaiah 53:9 Matthew 27:57–60 E E ndure wounds and bruises Isaiah 53:5 Matthew 27:26
Prophecy Fulfillment T T eaching and healing ministry Isaiah 61:1, 2; 32:3–4; 35:5 Matthew 9:35 Luke 4:17–21 A A rrive before the Temple and Jerusalem destroyed Daniel 9:26 Temple, Jerusalem destroyed AD 70 L L abeled Lord and God Jeremiah 23:6, Isaiah 9:6 John 20:28 Luke 2:11
Prophecy Fulfillment K K illed 483 years after decree to rebuild Jerusalem Daniel 9:25–26 Gospels, history (Christ died about AD 30) S S ilent before accusers Isaiah 53:7 Matthew 27:12
II. What Is the Probability that Jesus Fulfilled Those Prophecies by Chance?
Conservative estimate:Conservative estimate: 1 in 10 17 1 in 10 17
III. What Do These Fulfilled Prophecies Demonstrate?
They demonstrate that Jesus was the predicted Messiah, and since the Messiah was to be divine, it shows that Jesus was God.
A. This week, discuss the fulfillment of Messianic prophecies with an unbeliever. Present the list of prophecies that Jesus fulfilled hundreds of years after the predictions. Use the Texas illustration to show the improbability that these prophecies were fulfilled by chance. In the space below, record his/her reactions.
B. Share the following illustration with the same unbeliever: A prognosticator predicted 50 things about you. They all came true except one. The last one was conditional: If you drive down a certain street on a certain day, you will die in a fiery car crash. Would you drive down that street? In light of the fact that Jesus fulfilled at least 49 prophecies of the Bible (they all came true), are you going to ignore one more prophecy that says that if you don’t receive Jesus, you will be separated from God forever?