7733 - Fulfilled Prophecy
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Today let’s dig into a portion of God’s Word together.
Listen to Luke 22:35-38.
Then Jesus asked them, "When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?" "Nothing," they answered. He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: `And he was numbered with the transgressors' ; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment."
The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords." "That is enough," he replied.
This passage may at first appear to be only words of instruction from Jesus to the apostles, but let’s look closely.
Jesus asks these men about the reliability of his instructions to them in past months. The idea was, “Has it been true that the Father has cared for you even when I sent you on missions without taking along items which people normally take with them on a trip?”
The apostles gave positive responses. We have lacked nothing they reply. We have been provided for very well.
What follows emphasized the truth that every word uttered or written by divine inspiration by prophets of God will be satisfied. Many had been fulfilled before Jesus spoke these words, but many remained to unfold in time.
Jesus specifically quoted a portion of Isaiah 53:12 which states: “... he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many...” Jesus could have been thinking ahead a few hours to when he would bear the sin of the entire human race as he was crucified between two criminals.
Another interesting statement was spoken by Jesus in these words. He said, “What is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.” Other Scriptures affirm that scripture was satisfied during the next twenty-four hours by the events that followed this statement by Jesus in the upper room.
In the book Evidence that Demands a Verdict, Josh McDowell states that the Old Testament, which was written over a 1,500 year period by men of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles, who lived in different places and times; this book which claims for itself to be the divinely inspired word of God (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21); contains over 300 references to the Messiah that were fulfilled in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
McDowell also makes the point that since the Old Testament was completed prior to 400 B.C., there could be no way that these Scriptures could be faked after the death of Jesus, as some claim. The Old Testament canon was complete and well circulated long before Jesus Christ came to earth, so these events and their fulfillment were indeed proof of divine authorship.
Let’s look at a few of the fulfilled prophecies. Consider these:
1. The Messiah was to be born of a virgin. Prophesied in Isaiah 7:14, and fulfilled by Luke 1:26-35.
2. This miraculous birth was to take place in Bethlehem. Prophesied by Micah 5:2. And even though Mary resided in Nazareth, God arranged for Jesus to be born in Bethlehem. According to Luke 2:4-7.
3. The Messiah was to be from the tribe of Judah. Prophesied in Genesis 49:10, and fulfilled in Luke 3:23,33.
4. Jesus would be a branch from David. As prophesied in Jeremiah 23:5; and fulfilled in Matthew 1:1.
5. This One sent from God was to experience a special anointment of the Holy Spirit. Prophesied in Isaiah 11:2, and fulfilled in Matthew 3:16-17.
6. The ministry of Jesus was to be marked by miraculous works. Prophesied in Isaiah 35:5-6, and fulfilled by Matthew 9:35.
Many other references affirm these truths. And there are many other truths, but our time does not allow mention. You will profit by further investigation.