Wednesday, December 12, 2012

An Advent Post-prophecies about Jesus

As the Jews were anticipating the birth of Jesus, what were their expectations of Him? I mean, what were the prophecies concerning Jesus that He fulfilled with His birth, proving He was the Messiah?

Let's check that out!


I searched through the opening chapters of each of the Gospels, looking for Old Testament (O.T.) prophecy scripture references about Jesus.


Reference
Summary
Fulfillment
Isaiah 7:14
Virgin will give birth to a son.
The son will be called Immanuel.
Matthew 1:23
Micah 5:2,4
Bethlehem birth
Matthew 2:6
Hosea 11:1
Will spend time of Egypt
Matthew 2:15
Jeremiah 31:15
Slaughter of babies
Matthew 2:18
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Called a Nazarene
Matthew 2:23
Isaiah 40:3
Someone (John) will prepare the way
Matthew 3:3
Mark 1:3
John 1:23
Malachi 3:1
Someone (John) will prepare the way
Mark 1:2
Isaiah 40:3-5
Someone (John) will prepare the way
Luke 3:6

***Only 4 passages have the word "Nazarene" in them. They are all New Testament (N.T.). 29 passages have the word "Nazareth" in them. They are all also N.T. If I have understood the commentary about this missing direct reference, Matthew 2:23 uses the words "prophets" which implies that several passages were combined to come to the conclusion that He will be called a Nazarene.

I recommend using your favorite online (or hard copy) Bible to study this prophecies and their fulfillment. I personally use www.biblegateway.com. I hope this post helps to build the anticipation of Christmas and add to your sense of wonder at how Jesus ended up fulfilling these prophecies.

2 comments:

  1. Wow you have done a lot of research. Mom

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    1. Thanks. I enjoy this type of research!

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