Prophecies and fulfillments of Jesus
Prophecies and fulfillments of Jesus: Prophets and Messiah are the messengers of God. God has blessed them with the power of supernatural knowledge and they can tell the future of a nation. The essence of Prophethood lies in foreseeing future events. However, in ancient Israel, this was not the essence of prophethood. According to Israelites, a prophet was no more but a person who creates a link between people and God. According to them, a prophet had two roles: to deliver God’s words to the people and negotiating with God on behalf of people.
There are different opinions about the exact number of prophecies being fulfilled. Some scholars are of the view that around 200 to 400 prophecies in the Old Testament were fulfilled by Jesus. Another scholar, Alfred Edersheim, state that there are approximately 456 passages in the Old Testament that have been deduced as about Messiah according to Jewish Rabbis. Some of the prophecies that Christians believe were fulfilled by Jesus are as follows.
The nations will be blessed through Jacob’s offspring
Prophecy of Jesus
“Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring” (Genesis 28”:14)
Fulfilment of Jesus
Jacob is part of Jesus genealogy.
“The son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor” (Luke 3:34)
- David’s offspring will have an eternal kingdom
When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will rise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.” (2 Samuel 7:12-13)
“This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Mathew 1:1)
- A virgin will give birth, and he will be called Immanuel (God with us)
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14)
“The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you and the power of the Highest will overshadow you, so the holy one to be born will be called the “Son of God” (Luke 1:35)