THE ONLY EXPECTED MAN IN THE WORLD’S HISTORY
Scriptures: Luke 24.44-49; I Peter 1.10-12; II Peter 1.16-21; Revelation 19.9-10
Introduction: The Bible from Genesis to Revelation is the revelation of Israel’s Messiah, “the desire of all nations” (Haggai 2.7), the Savior of the world. “Messianic Prophecy is the most important of all themes, for it is the ideal of the redemption given by the Creator to our race at the beginning of its history, and it ever abides as the goal of humanity, until the Divine plan has been accomplished.” (C.A. Briggs, Messianic Prophecy)
Rejection of the Incarnation: (1) Hindu rejection – the Incarnate Christ; (2) Muslim rejection – the Crucified Christ; (3) Buddhist rejection – the Resurrected Christ; (4) Technological man’s rejection – the Incarnation as myth.
I. Prophecy of the Seed – Genesis 3.15; Galatians 3.19
A. Restore man’s image
B. Restore communion and fellowship
C. Remove the curse of sin
D. Conquer death – universally
II. Seed of Abraham – Genesis 12.1-3
A. Hope grounded in promise
B. Promise is a personal Messiah
III. Judah, the Royal and Messianic Tribe (the name means “Yahweh is praised”) Genesis
A. Saved Joseph – Genesis 37.26,27
B. Scepter shall not depart – Genesis 49.8-10
IV. Prophet like Moses – Deuteronomy 18.15-19
A. God has visited His people – Luke 7.16
B. The Coming Prophet – John 6.14
C. Prophet – how like Moses (deliverer, silent, intercessor/mediator)
V. Light in Darkness – Israel’s Darkest Hour – Judges 2.11-14, 16
A. Song of Hope – Hannah in II Samuel 2.1-10
B. Hope in David’s Descendant – II Samuel 7.11-16; Jeremiah 33.17ff; Ezekiel 34.23;
VI. Messianic Prophecy in the Psalms
A. Purpose of Messiah’s coming – 40; 69; 70
B. Messiah’s Sonship and Birth – 2; John 1.49; Acts 4.23ff.
C. Messiah’s Deity and Humanity – 45; 110 (Prophet and Priest)
D. Messiah’s Betrayal and Crucifixion – 22.1ff; 34.20; 41.9ff.
E. Messiah’s Resurrection – 16
F. Messiah’s Coming Again to judge and reign – 2; 46; 72
G. Messiah’s Kingdom – 72
VII. Messianic Prophecy in Pre-Exilic Prophets (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah)
VIII. Messianic Prophecy during the Assyrian and Babylonian invasions (Naham, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Jeremiah)
IX. Messianic Prophecy during and after Exile (Ezekiel, Daniel, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi)
X. We Have Found the Messiah
A. Four great men sought universal empires—Alexander, the Great, Caesar, Napolean and Hitler. All are buried failures.
B. We have a multitude of details as to the appearance of Christ. It was foretold:
1. The Messiah would be a descendant of Abraham, Jacob, and the stem of Jesse (Genesis 22.18; Numbers 24.16,17,19; Isaiah 11.1).
2. He would come during the time of the second Temple (Haggai 2.9; Malachi 3.1).
3. The Sceptre should not depart from Judah until Shiloh come (Genesis 49.1,10).
4. His birthplace would be in Bethlehem, an obscure village in Judea (Micah 5.2).
5. His birth would be miraculous, conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of a Jewish virgin, His name would be called “Emmanuel”, Son of God and Son of Man (Isaiah 7.24; Daniel 3.25; &.13; Zechariah 4.6,7).
6. He would be the Mediator of a New and Everlasting Covenant that would include the Gentiles as well as Jews (Isa. 49.6-9; Jer. 31.30-33; Zech 9.11; Mal 3.1)
7. That He would unite in Himself all the offices that existed among Israel, such as Prophet (Deut 18.15-18), Priest (Ps 110.4), King (Isa 33.22), Lawgiver, Judge, Redeemer.
8. That He would perform miracles (Isaiah 35.5,6; 42.1-7).
9. That He would be Redeemer of both soul and body (Job 19.25,26; Ps. 17.15).
10. That He would be a light to the Gentiles and the glory of Israel (Isa 46.13; 49.6).
11. That He would be sold for thirty pieces of silver (Zech 11.12,13).
12. That He would be silent before His accusers (Isa 53.7).
13. That He would be scourged and spit upon (Isaiah 50.6).
14. That His body would not see corruption (Ps 16.10).
15. That His hands and feet would be pierced (Ps 22.16).
16. That He would be reviled (Ps. 22.7,8).
17. That He would be given gall and vinegar (Ps 69.21).
18. That His garments would be divided (Ps. 22.18).
19. That His bones would not be broken (Ps. 34.20).
20. He would be put to death and numbered among the transgressors; cut off, but not for Himself (Isaiah 53.12; Daniel 9.24-26)
21. He would ascend into heaven, to be the Great High Priest and Intercessor (Psalms 2.6,7; 68.18; 110.1,4)..
22. He would come again in glory to judge the nations (Psalm 50.3-5; Ezek 21.27; Zechariah 14.1-7)
23,. His dominion would cover the earth (Ps 22.27; 72.11; Dan 7.13-26; Mal 1.11)
Conclusion: “Our Post-Biblical history is full of great leaders. I think of the aged priest Mattathias with his five stalwart sons, the Maccabees (142 B.C.); of the gentle Rabbi Hillel (75 B.C.); of Rabbi Akimbo, who hailed Bar-Kochba as the promised “Star of Jacob” and who died a martyr’s death for God and his country (135 A.D.); of Saadiah ben Joseph, one of the Geonim (892 A.D.); of Moses ben Maimon, commentator and philosopher and called by many “second Moses” (1135 A.D.); of Moses Mendelssohn, father of modern Judaism (1729);. . . and I ask, which of these our great leaders could we rightly acclaim as satisfying, or having satisfied our people’s long deferred hope? Which of these has been the means of rekindling our slumbering fires of devotion to God, . . .”Our hope is in Jesus of Nazareth, and in Him alone, this is He of whom Moses and all the prophets wrote! He is the Prince of Peace, the King of Israel, the Lord our Righteousness, King of kings and Lord of lords!”
*A. Kligerman, Old Testament Messianic Prophecy (Zondervan, paperback).
(Dr. James Strauss)