1peter 1:10-12 “Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.”
snow has been plaguing the east coast and other parts of the country. atlanta was totally shut down, and kids all over have been out of school for days and days. the weather is so unpredictable. i don’t care how many meteorologists study temperatures and currents and systems; or how accurate doppler radar is. no one can accurately predict the weather. how many times have you watched the weekly forecast to plan for a trip and packed flip-flops and sundresses when you really needed jeans and hoodies? i have little faith in my nbc weatherman.
predictions are tricky, but God spoke to prophets long ago and gave them sure fire predictions about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. i don’t claim to be an expert on prophecy, but here’s what i got from these verses this week. God spoke to the hearts of men and women, they proclaimed the truth about what would come, and it came to pass just as the prophets said. it’s the truth that speaks to my mind that is hungry for answers, that longs to understand the gritty details of my salvation, that seeks to stand on solid facts.
isaiah 7:14 ” Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
micah 5:2 “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathath, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel…”
zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
the old testament is full of prophecies of the coming Christ. and i love to read them; to be reminded that God knew the whole story from the very beginning. a sudden storm didn’t come and catch Him off guard. He planned out our salvation from the beginning. these are the things that i take comfort in; that i attempt to wrap my head around. prophecy and predictions for me are not the stuff of theological arguments; but the stuff that points me to Jesus. all the Book, all the world, everything that has breath whispering the name of the one who came to save me and you.
God is not a weatherman, watching the ebb and flow of tides and seasons on which to base His decisions about mankind. no, He’s got the whole plan laid out; and i can count on Him when i’m packing.
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from a sermon by John Piper:
But I think it might strengthen our faith even more if we go to an Old Testament prophecy and see the truth of Christ’s resurrection and, even there 700 years before the event, its connection to the sacrifice of Christ. Even Isaiah (53:10–12) saw that the resurrection of the Servant of the Lord would be the reward of his suffering, and the proof that his suffering was sufficient to justify his people. Notice the crucial connections as I read
The Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if [note this “if”] He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days [that’s the resurrection!—”if” he gives himself as an offering], and the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand. 11 As a result of [notice again the connection] the anguish of His soul, He will see it [its fruit] and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore [i.e., because he justified many by bearing their iniquities] I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the booty with the strong [this is the reward of resurrection], because [here it is one last time, “because”] He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.
So already 700 years before the death and resurrection of Christ Isaiah saw them and the connection he saw was that the resurrection of Christ was the reward of his sacrifice and the validation of his suffering to cover sin.
- If he would render himself as a guilt offering, THEN he will see his offspring, he will prolong his days.
- As a result of the anguish of his soul, he will be satisfied (with its fruit in resurrection).
- Because he bears the sins of many, THEREFORE God will allot him a portion with the great.
- He will divide the booty with the strong BECAUSE he poured out his life to death.
alistair begg on Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and it’s importance in fulfilling old testament prophecy
-how much do you know about Jesus fulfillment of over 300 old testament prophecies? are they a comfort to you or a source of confusion?