Lesson 9 - The Messiah of Prophecy

Many different men inspired by God had spoken of the coming of the Messiah in the scriptures of the Old Testament. Hundreds of years before the suffering of Christ, many specific details of what was going to take place had already been revealed by God to His prophets. The multitude of prophecies that Jesus fulfilled perfectly should have been enough to convince anyone that this was the promised Redeemer who came to bear our sins. Consider a few of the verses from the 53rd chapter of the book of the prophet Isaiah:

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. ... But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppresses and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open His mouth. ... He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53: 3a, 5-7, 12b)

This is the purpose for the coming of God the Son, foretold hundreds of years before it actually happened! Isaiah tells us that the Christ would bear our sins, and willingly endure all the punishment that should have been ours, and bring us peace with God.

Point to Ponder:

Before we were ever created, God knew that we would sin against Him and be deserving of damnation. He knew that the only way we could ever be forgiven would be by Him taking the punishment for all our sins Himself. Even though He knew all this before He ever made us, He still made us anyway! That is how much our Heavenly Father loves us! It is as if God the Son actually suffered the torture of crucifixion to create us in the first place!

  ... the Lamb ... was slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13: 8)