Prophecies about Christ (Part IV) – Matthew 3:13-17

 So far we have looked at the general importance of prophecies in proving the veracity of the Lord. What does the word “veracity” mean? (Truthfulness.) We’ve seen that both the Lord and His disciples used prophecy to authenticate His claims of Messiahship. We’ve looked at some of the prophecies which relate to His birth and birthplace. Who can recount the Hans Brinker story about the little Dutch boy who put his finger in the dyke? How can a tiny hole oozing a trickle of water be a serious problem? Turning that story around, if we can use just one of the prophecies of Christ to poke a hole in the spiritual defenses of an unbeliever, that one prophecy can lead to three hundred others and completely destroy that man’s arguments in rejecting the Saviour. We need to learn to use these prophecies. This morning we move on to prophecies about the nature of the Messiah. His pre-existence. Micah 5:2 – “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” Colossians 1:14-17 – “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he...

Prophecies about Christ (Part V) – John 5:46

 Thus far in proving that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, we have looked at His own claims to that fact. Picture a courtroom after two weeks of witnesses. There have been those who have testified that they saw the accused commit the crime. And yet there have been others who have testified that the accused could not be the guilty man. Finally, the accused himself gets up to the stand and with tears streaming down his face, he says that he did not do it. In the larger scheme of the trial, how conclusive is the professed innocence of the accused? The Lord Jesus made statements about His character, His relationship to the Father and to His ministry, but how much weight did those statements have upon the unbelievers? Turn to John 8:12 – “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.” Three chapters earlier than that Jesus Himself raised the question about the impact of His own testimony. John 5:31 – “If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth...

Prophecies about Christ (Part V) – John 5:46

 Thus far in proving that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, we have looked at OUR LORD’S OWN CLAIMS. In a court-of-law how decisive is the profession of innocence by the accused? But should his testimony be written-off? After the testimony of Christ there was the TESTIMONY OF HIS DISCIPLES. What sorts of things could be argued in order to offset the testimony of the disciples? They were deceived; they were confused; they were lunatics; they were liars. But again, they were none of those things. We have looked at how some of the JEWISH CEREMONIES and festivals pointed to things which were fulfilled or duplicated in Christ Jesus. And then we began to look at JESUS HIMSELF, and some of those arguments became incontrovertible. There was JESUS’ RESURRECTION. He was “declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” And then we move in to PROPHESIES ABOUT CHRIST. We looked at the general importance of prophecies. Then we saw that both the Lord and His disciples used prophecy to authenticate His claims. We’ve looked at some of the prophecies which relate to His BIRTH AND BIRTHPLACE. We’ve read some of the prophecies which relate to the CHARACTER OR NATURE OF CHRIST. And then two weeks ago we looked at some of the prophecies about the MINISTRY OF CHRIST. For 3½ years Jesus of Nazareth went about doing things which were prophesied about the Messiah. Based upon those things, people might conclude that Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ. This morning we move on to...

Prophecies about Christ (Part VII) – Hebrews 1:1-2

 This morning we’ll try to finish up the prophecies about the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Thus far we’ve notice that He would be betrayed by a friend. It was prophesied that Christ would be sold for how many pieces of silver? What then would happen to that money? It was prophesied that Christ would be forsaken by His disciples. How was it that the Messiah would behave before His accusers? Does the Old Testament say anything about the relationship of the Messiah to His Father during His sacrifice? What does the Old Testament say about Christ’s hands and feet? What does it say about His clothing? What sort of refreshment was prophesied for the Saviour? More prophesies about Jesus’ passion and death.Despite coming as the Hebrew Messiah, it was prophesied that He would be REJECTED BY ISRAEL. To whom was the Book Isaiah primarily directed? So unless, stated otherwise, the references to specific people are references to Israel. Isaiah 52:13-53:3 – “Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider. Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out...

Psalm 22

 I realize that I’m going to be accused of repeating myself. But that is acceptable behavior among old people. Not only am I an “Old”-field, but at long last, I am a grandfather, so I might qualify now. We have been jumping back and forth throughout the Bible looking at various prophesies about Christ, but this morning I’d like to camp on one scripture and look at it in its context and entirety. By way of introduction, let’s begin with a few simple questions: When it was necessary, how did Israel execute its criminals? To the best of your knowledge does the Old Testament ever record a Roman-style crucifixion? Were there any Old Testament crucifixions of any variety? (There are “hangings.”) Crucifying as a means of execution is very ancient, probably preceding the time of Moses, but it was not practiced among the Hebrews or their immediate neighbors, as far as we know. Most experts say that the Jews were not familiar with crucifixions until the Babylonian captivity (600 BC). If a Roman-style crucifixion appeared in Old Testament prophesy, what might we assume? Exposition of Psalm 22: The Title: “To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.” Psalm 22 was written by whom? Approximately when was it that David died? (1000 BC, about 400 years before Babylon.) What is the likelihood that Psalm 22 was written after the death of Christ? (None whatsoever.) Should readers of the Bible consider Psalm 22 as an important part of Biblical prophesy? No scholar really knows the precise meaning of Aijeleth Shahar. This may refer to a particular tune to...

The Timing of the Saviour’s Death – Daniel 9:20-27

 Why is this scripture one of the most important in all the Word of God? Because this gives us one of the key pieces to the jig saw puzzle of prophetic chronology, and because it opens up some of the secrets of other passages. First let’s reset the ground rules for Bible interpretation. What is the first rule of Hermeneutics? To interpret the Bible as literally as possible. Sometimes we can’t, but we must purpose to look there first. This is without a doubt the primary reason that there are errors made when interpreting prophesy. Second, we are reminded by the word “determined” that the things of prophecy are guaranteed. The Lord is not making educated guesses about future events. He’s not suggesting that “IF” certain criteria are reached “THEN” certain other things will transpire. Another important rule to remember is that as nations go, Israel comes first. Especially is this true in this prophesy. Unless there is statement that a certain scripture is a prophecy about Egypt, then its not about Egypt. For example, the things in this chapter are not about the United States, except incidentally. If we can get these thing straight then we can move on. Verse 24 gives to us the six objectives of this particular prophesy.First, what is described in this scripture, were designed to bring the transgression of Israel to a conclusion. This is not talking about “a” transgression or “some” of the transgressions of Israel, but “the” transgression. What is Israel’s great transgression? I think that we can conclude that it was the sin that always plagued Israel in some degree:...

If God Became Man – I Timothy 3:16

 One of the things which sets Bible Christianity apart from all other religions is our doctrine of the incarnation. What is the dictionary meaning of “incarnate”? (Having a bodily form.) What is the Biblical definition of “incarnation”? (That God took upon Himself human form.) There are several scriptures, both Old Testament and New Testament which indirectly teach incarnation. Isaiah 7:14 – “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, an shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 9:6 – “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” I John 4:2 – “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.” There are other scriptures which directly teach that Jesus Christ is the incarnate God. John 1 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.” Romans 8:1-3 – “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ...

Miracles – John 3:2

Does God exist? How do you know that God exists? (Intuitively, design, revelation, miracles, universal belief, etc.)Assuming that God exists should we be surprised at the existence of miracles? One of the reasons that we know that there is a God is through the reality of miracles. Turning that around, must miracles exist just because God exists? (Not necessarily so.) But to believe in one certainly opens the door toward the existence of the other our belief in miracles. One of the problems that we have when we talk about miracles is a difference in definition. What is a miracle to one person, might not be considered a miracle to another person. So what is the definition of a miracle? “An event which appears to be inexplicable by the laws of nature, and so something which we attribute to supernatural intervention.” Again, can a miracle take place where there is no God? Let’s say that you are on a walk out in an open field when a tornado drops down in front of you and races toward you at 50 MPH. You have no place to hide and you can’t out-run it, so you drop to the ground and wait to be run-over. But just before that tornado should pass over you, it veers 90% and takes off toward the west. Has a miracle taken place? Possibly, but not necessarily. Have you ever experienced or witnessed a miracle? One of the problems with miracles is that even we who are Christians are more apt to look for a natural explanation than for a supernatural explanation. And so there may...

New Testament Contradictions – Isaiah 40:8

What are some of the arguments that we hear when we are presenting the gospel to the lost? One of the major arguments proposed against the truth is that the Bible is untrustworthy, it has contradictions. How serious is this argument and misconception? Why?  We have looked at various ways to prove the veracity of the Scriptures. What is the argument from prophecy? What is the argument of uniqueness? What is the argument of history? What is the archeological argument? What is the Christological argument of the truthfulness of the Bible? (Christ believed it.) What is the Christian doctrine of Biblical inspiration? The Bible is God-breathed. What is the difference between the inspiration that comes to a modern writer of fiction, and the inspiration of the Scriptures? What do we mean by verbal inspiration? What do we mean by plenary verbal inspiration? Does inspiration mean that God dictated the words of the Word of God? What roll does the personality of the pen-men have to do with the actual words that we study in the Bible? What would the Bible be like, if God used the perfect language of Heaven to express His perfect will? It would probably be unintelligible to us. Is there anything wrong with the following statement: “The Holy Spirit used specially chosen people to convey God’s revelation to man. Those men were permitted and led to use their own choice of words, phrases, cliches and knowledge, but what they wrote was precisely what God wanted us to know?” At what point do you picture the Holy Spirit working the miracle of inspiration? In the heart...