The Messianic Claims of Jesus Christ by Pastor John Samson
"You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." - Peter, to Jesus - Matthew 16:16
"And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ." - Acts 5:42
To say that Jesus is the Christ is to say that He is the long awaited Messiah of Israel. "Christ" comes from the Greek word "Christos" which is the equivalent of the Hebrew word for the Messiah or Anointed One. Christ is not Jesus' last name (He was not born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Mary Christ), but rather His title - the Anointed King Messiah.
Through what we call Messianic Prophecies, God provided a sure way to recognize His Messiah when He came. These prophecies are events written in the Bible, hundreds and even thousands of years before they would take place in time. Only God Himself could reveal such amazing detail millennia in advance of the historical events.
God had declared that His Messiah would be a descendant of Abraham (Gen. 22:18), from the tribe of Judah (Gen. 49:10), and a son of David (Jer. 23:5,6; 1 Chron. 17:10b-14). God had also said that the Messiah would be born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14), in poverty (Isa. 11:1-2), would be proceeded by a herald (Isa. 40:3-5, Mal. 3:1) and would be born in Bethlehem, the city of David (Micah 5:2), He would be seen riding on a donkey (Zech 9:9, 10) and would be present 483 years after the decree was made to rebuild Jerusalem, after the Babylonian captivity (Dan. 9:24-27). He would be a prophet (Deut. 18:15-19; Isa. 61:1, 2), a priest (Psalm 110:1-7), and a king (Gen 49:10; Isa. 9:6,7),
But thereâ€™s moreâ€¦
He would be legally tried and condemned to death and would suffer and die (Isa. 50;4-9; 52:13-53:12, Psalm 22), by means of piercing his hands and feet (Zech. 12:10; 13:7; Psalm 22), His death would be substitutionary (in the place of others), He would be buried in a rich manâ€™s tomb and He would be resurrected from the dead (Isa. 52:13-53:12; Psalm 16:1-11; Psalm 22).
All in all, around 330 prophecies such as these were fulfilled by Jesus in His first coming. A French mathematician, George Heron, calculated that the odds of one man fulfilling only 40 of these prophecies are 1 in 10 to the power of 157. That is a 1 followed by 157 zeros. We need to bear in mind that many more prophecies will be fulfilled when He comes back to earth to reign. He will rule the Gentile nations (Psalm 2:7-12), and the Messianic Kingdom (Psalm 110:1-7).
More than 30 of these biblical prophecies were fulfilled in just one day - the day Jesus Christ died!
Ps 41:9 - Mark 14:10 - Betrayed by a friend
Zech 11:12 - Matt 26:15 - Price: 30 pieces of silver
Zech 11:12 - Matt 27:3-7 - Money used to buy a field
Zech 13:7 - Mark 14:50 - Shepherd killed, Sheep flee
Isa 50:6 - Matt. 27:26-30 - Spat on and mocked
Ps 69:19 - Matt 27:28-31 - Shame and dishonor
Ps 35:11 - Mark 14:56 - False witnesses
Ps 22:18 - John 19:24 - Gambling for His clothes
Isa 53:7 - Matt 27:13, 14 - Opened not His mouth
Ps 109:24 - Matt 27:32 - Too weak to carry cross
Ps 69:3 - John 19:28 - Jesus is thirsty
Ps 69:21 - John 19:29 - Given vinegar to drink
Ps 22:17 - Matt 27:36 - They stare at Jesus on the cross
Ps 22:16 - Matt 27:35 - They crucify Him
Ps 22:14 - John 19:34 - Water flows out of wound
Ps 38:11 - Luke 23:49 - Friends stand afar off
Ps 109:25 - Matt 27:39, 40 - People wagged mocking heads
Ps 22:8 - Matt 27:43 - Challenge for God to save Him
Isa 53:7 - John 1:29 - Jesus the Lamb of God
Isa 53:12 - Luke 23:34 - Jesus prays for His killers
Ps 22:1 - Matt 27:46 - He cries out to God
Isa 52:14 - John 19:5, 14 - A broken man, yet King
Isa 53:4, 5 - Matt 8:17; 1 Pet 2:24 - He bears our sins and sicknesses
Ps 22:31 - Luke 23:4 - Jesus declared faultless
Ps 31:5 - Luke 23:46 - He gives up His spirit
Exo 12:46 - John 19:36 - His bones not broken
Isa 53:12 - Luke 23:33 - Numbered with the transgressors
Daniel 9:26 - John 11:50-52 - Jesus died not for Himself
Gen 3:15 - John 19:18 - Satan bruises Jesusâ€™ heel on cross
Isa 53:9 - Matt 27:57-60 - Laid in a rich manâ€™s tomb
Amos 8:9 - Matt 27:45 - Darkness at crucifixion
The evidence is overwhelming - Jesus is the long awaited Messiah of Israel and the Savior of the world, the King of kings and the Lord of lords (Rev. 19:16).
The vital question then is this: How do you stand in relationship to Him? Is Jesus the Christ your personal Lord and Savior? If not, the time to make Him so is now, "for there is no other name under heaven, given among men, by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)