20 Old Testament Predications Concerning Christ Fulfilled in the New Testament

Good Afternoon Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I pray your week has been productive and that you have found the joy of the Lord to be your sufficient strength. This is the time of year when we specifically consider the Passion of Christ and celebrate His resurrection, which I have always found compelling and personally convicting. Stopping to contemplate the dedication of Christ to the Father’s will, and the determination of Christ to embrace the humility and cruelty of the cross, has always provoked and purified my walk in the Lord. Therefore, I will purposefully set aside this week and next week’s writings to focus directly on aspects of Christ’s suffering and resurrection in order to direct our thoughts, and hopefully our hearts, toward a deeper understanding of Easter. I look forward to returning and continuing to equip you with a biblical philosophy for life that will further enable you to live godly in a godless world. However, this week I want to encourage your walk by explaining how the circumstances and many of the events that surrounded Christ’s death were not happenstance, but actually sovereign fulfillments of Old Testament predications.

One of the undeniable truths that declare both the Scripture’s validity and Christ’s veracity is how Jesus specifically fulfills over sixty direct Old Testament prophecies concerning His birth, life, death, and resurrection. As a matter of fact there are hundreds of Old Testament “Messianic” passages and predications that find their application in Christ. To highlight the grand importance of this reality, consider how the probability of just forty-eight prophecies coming true in one specific individual is 10 to the 157th power. One scientist considered the probability of just eight prophecies coming true in one man and found that it was 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. He further explained the staggering probability by illustrating how that number correlates to covering the whole state of Texas in silver dollars two feet deep. Then taking one silver dollar and marking it in red and thoroughly mixing it into the whole mass of silver dollars. Finally, you blind fold a man and release him to roam Texas in order to pick out the one red silver dollar on his first try. Statistically impossible!  Thus, Christ’s fulfillment of Old Testament predictions further proves that the life and cross of Christ was not a coincidence, but a coalescing of God’s sovereign plan (Gen 3:15; Isa 53; Acts 2:23)!

I would like to list for you just twenty of those Old Testament predictions that Christ fulfilled in the New Testament in order to further provoke your time of meditation on the sovereign nature of Christ and His salvific ministry. Furthermore, I am going to provide for you a reading schedule that I will be using for my own personal devotions this week as I personally prepare my heart and consider the depth of my Savior’s love. I am giving this to you in case you might like to follow along with me as I consider Christ’s passion from both the Old Testament and New Testament in a daily devotional format. I pray you will find this helpful, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we consider Christ’s coronation together. This will be a special service as our choir delivers to us the Easter story through song. I am greatly looking forward to this special treat!

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20 Old Testament Predications Concerning Christ Fulfilled in the New Testament

  1. Christ would be despised by men (Ps 22:6; Isa 49:7; Isa 53:2-3; Lk 19:14; 23:18; Jn 1:11)
  2. People and rulers would conspire against Christ (Ps 2:1-2; Mt 12:14)
  3. Christ would suffer in this life (Isa 52:14; 53:3; Lk 22:15; 22:44; Heb 4:15)
  4. Christ would be betrayed by a friend (Ps 41:9; Ps 55:12-14; Lk 22:3-4; Jn 6:64; 6:70; 13:18)
  5. Christ would be sold for thirty pieces of silver (Zech 11:12; Mt 26:14-15)
  6. The silver would be used to buy a potter’s field (Zech 11:13; Mt 27:3-10)
  7. Christ would be silent before His accusers (Isa 53:7; Mt 27:12)
  8. Christ would be spit upon (Isa 50:5-6; Mt 26:67; 27:30)
  9. Christ would be hit in the face (Mic 5:1; Mt 27:30)
  10. Christ would be given gall and vinegar (Ps 69:21; Mt 27:35)
  11. Christ would be crucified (Ps 22:16; Mt 26:2)
  12. Christ’s garments would be divided up (Ps 22:18; Mt 27:35)
  13. Christ would be reviled and mocked (Ps 22:7-12; Mt 27:39-41; Mk 15:31-32; Lk 23:35-36)
  14. Christ would die surrounded by criminals (Isa 53:12; Mt 27:38; Mk 15:27; Lk 22:36-37)
  15. Christ would die for the sin of man (Isa 53:5-12; Mt 20:28; 1 Cor 15:3; Gal 1:3-4; 1 Pet 2:23)
  16. None of Christ’s bones would be broken (Ps 34:20; Jn 19:32-36)
  17. Christ’s body would be pierced (Zech 12:10; Jn 19:34-37)
  18. Christ would be buried with the rich (Isa 53:9; Mt 27:57-60)
  19. Christ would be resurrected (Ps 16:9;49:15; Hos 6:1-2; Mt 28:5-7; Mk 16:6-7)
  20. 20 Christ would be greatly exalted after His suffering (Isa 53:12; Phil 2:9-11)

Weekly Passion Reading Schedule

Sunday:  Jeremiah 25:15-19 then Luke 22:41-42: Consider the cup of God’s wrath given to Christ.

Monday:  Isaiah 52:13-53:9 then Luke 22:63: Consider the abuse given to Christ.

Tuesday:  Daniel 7:1-28 then Luke 23:66-71: Consider how the Son of Man was rejected.

Wednesday:  Hosea 10:1-15 then Luke 23:28-31: Consider how the King was cut off.

Thursday:  Psalm 22:1-21 then Luke 23:34-37: Consider the compassion of the crucified Christ.

Friday:  Joel 2:1-11 then Luke 23:44-45: Consider how Christ bore God’s judgment that you deserved.

Saturday:  Leviticus 16 then Luke 23:46: Consider how Christ was your willing sacrificial lamb.

Sunday:  Isaiah 53:10-12; Ps 22:22-31 then Luke 24:6-7: Celebrate His resurrection and yours!

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