Prophecies About Jesus

Like the prophets, we can trust God's truth even if we don't understand it fully.

As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven--things into which angels long to look. 1 Peter 1:10-12

Prophecies about Jesus Christ abound in the Old Testament. However, the men whom God inspired to record them didn’t fully understand what they were writing. To the prophets, who were unable to see how future events would unfold with time, some of these passages must have seemed impossible to reconcile with others. For Isaiah, the following predictions must have been confusing:

The Messiah will be a man who is born of a woman, but He is also eternal (Isaiah 9:6).

The Messiah will prosper and be high and exalted, but He will also be marred more than any man (Isaiah 52:13-14).

The Messiah will be a suffering servant yet a mighty king who sits on the throne of David (Isaiah 53:1-12; Isaiah 9:7).

Today, these prophecies make sense because we know from the New Testament that the eternal Son of God took on human flesh, was marred in the crucifixion, suffered the punishment we deserved for sin, and will one day return to reign over the earth.

There may be times when we, like the prophets, don’t understand what Scripture means. But in His perfect timing, God will reveal what He wants us to know. Until then, it is our job to trust.

Listen to Dr. Michael W. Wesley Sr. on OnePlace.com
Watch Dr. Michael W. Wesley Sr. on LightSource.com