“For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.” (Mat. 11:13)
All the holy prophets prophesied of the coming Messiah, God manifest in the flesh.
The entire life of Jesus Christ, from His virgin birth, His sinless life, and even to His death on a cross was prophesied by the prophets of old.
Jesus was the only one to fulfill these Scriptures; therefore Jesus Christ alone is the only begotten Son of God.
The manner of His death and the way in which he was killed by crucifixion was prophesied of approximately 1800 years before Christ in Psalms chapter 22 and verse 16,
“For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.” (Psalm 22:16)
There is something very remarkable about this prophecy. At the time of this prophecy, the manner of execution among Jews was stoning to death, not piercing the hands and feet. This came almost 1800 years later when the Roman Empire began the crucifixions in which the hands and feet of those executed were impaled upon a cross.
God knew exactly how it was going to happen.
We see the fulfillment of this prophecy in John chapter 20 and verse 25,
“The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.” (John 20:25)
Here we read of Thomas referring to the “print of the nails” made when they pierced His hands and feet in order to nail Jesus to the cross.
One particular fact of the shameful treatment that Jesus Christ received during His crucifixion was prophesied nearly 1000 years earlier in Psalm 22 and verse 18,
“They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.” (Psalm 22:18)
Again we see that this was a prophecy that Jesus had no control over because He was hanging on the cross at the time it happened. We read the fulfillment in Mark chapter 15 and verse 24,
“And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.” (Mark 15:24)
This New Testament Scripture is almost verbatim word for word the fulfillment of that Old Testament prophecy. These are details concerning His death prophesied of over 1000 years before His birth.
These things have never happened to any other individual in History except for Jesus of Nazareth. He is the Messiah. He is the Christ. He is the Son of God.
In the Book of Psalms we read of one very unusual fact concerning the Messiah that was to come,
“He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.” (Psalm 34:20)
In John chapter 19 and verse 33 we read something very remarkable happening to fulfill this prophecy,
“But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.” (John 19:33-34)
When an individual was crucified, it wasn’t the nailing of his hands and feet that caused death. As long as the individual could pull up with his arms and push up with his feet in order to take a breath, he would remain alive.
It was only when that individual was no longer able to raise themselves up in order to breathe due to exhaustion and pain that they then suffocated to death. Crucifixion was a slow and torturous death.
Since Jesus and the two thieves with Him were crucified on the eve of a Sabbath and Holy Day, the Romans were willing to show the Jews a favor and end the crucifixion before sundown.
They came to the thief that was crucified to the right of Jesus and they broke his legs. They came to the one crucified to the left of Jesus and they broke his legs. The Roman soldiers saw that Jesus was dead already, but instead of breaking His legs they thrust a spear into His side to make sure that He was dead.
It wasn’t a matter of the soldier trying to fulfill a prophecy. He didn’t even realize what he was doing. It was God’s sovereign hand moving at that time in order that His word would be fulfilled in Christ.
God was determined to fulfill His prophecies concerning the Messiah in Jesus of Nazareth and nothing was going to hinder it. There would be no gainsayer that could say Jesus didn’t fulfill this little prophecy or that little prophecy. Jesus fulfilled them all.
Every single prophecy prophesied of concerning the first coming of Christ was fulfilled by Jesus Christ alone. Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus is the Son of God.
Psalms 16 verses eight through ten declare the promised resurrection,
“I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” (Psalm 16:8-10)
We find the fulfillment of the resurrection spoken of in Luke chapter 24 verses 45 and 46,
“Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:” (Luke 24:45-46)
All of these prophecies were prophesied hundreds of years before His birth and certainly before His crucifixion. Even the outpouring of the Holy Ghost, something Jesus could have nothing to do with if (as according to the scoffers) He was still dead in a tomb, is prophesied in Psalms 68 and verse 18,
“Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.” (Psalm 68:18)
Notice that Scripture said that He gives more than one gift, plural. Salvation is not the only gift that we can receive from God. Jesus had said in John chapter 14 verses 16 through 17,
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever;” Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (John 14:16-17)
We know that Jesus ascended to Heaven, sat down at the right hand of the Father, and prayed for another Comforter because we have the proof that the Father answered His prayer.
In Acts chapter two verse four and verses 38 through 39 we read of the outpouring of the Holy Ghost,
“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4)
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:38-39)
God wants to baptize every one He calls with the Holy Ghost. This is where we are. We are the “as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
In Acts chapter 8 verses 15 through 17, we read of the time when Philip went to Samaria and there he preached the word of God to the Samaritans. The Bible tells us that many signs and wonders were done by the preaching of Phillip.
However, although the Samaritans believed, were baptized, and according to Romans ten verses nine and ten were saved, Philip did not lead them to receive the Holy Ghost. This is when Peter and James came down and laid their hands on them that they might receive.
“Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 8:15-17)