353 Reasons

We sometimes hear people use the phrase, “Give me one good reason why I….,” or maybe they want several good reasons why they should or should not do something, or why they should believe or not believe something.  One good reason might not be good enough to believe something is true, but how about 353 reasons?  If you had that number of reasons to verify something as true, would that be enough to believe it?  Logically, we’d conclude that 300 reasons would be more than good enough to believe it, but we find that isn’t the case with most of the Jews (and, realistically most of the world).

My heart has been heavy lately for the people of Israel, specifically, the line of Judah, or the Jews.  My thoughts have been on the 353 prophecies in the Old Testament that point to the coming Messiah, who the Jews longed for since the beginning of time.  These prophecies gave specific details about the Messiah, where He would be born, where He would live, how people would treat Him, how He would die, and how He would come again.  The Rabbis (the religious leaders of the Jews) had committed much of the written Scriptures to memory, as they studied it diligently, knowing all of these prophecies, or ‘clues’ about who their Messiah would be and when He would come.  They didn’t want to miss Him because He was their hope to be freed from oppression.

Yet, they missed Him!  And, they still haven’t found Him in over 2000 years.  How could that much evidence be overlooked by so many intelligent people?

Let’s just list 44 of them:

44 Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus Christ
Prophecies About Jesus Old Testament
Scripture
New Testament
Fulfillment
1 Messiah would be born of a woman. Genesis 3:15 Matthew 1:20
Galatians 4:4
2 Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2 Matthew 2:1
Luke 2:4-6
3 Messiah would be born of a virgin. Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:22-23
Luke 1:26-31
4 Messiah would come from the line of Abraham. Genesis 12:3
Genesis 22:18
Matthew 1:1
Romans 9:5
5 Messiah would be a descendant of Isaac. Genesis 17:19
Genesis 21:12
Luke 3:34
6 Messiah would be a descendant of Jacob. Numbers 24:17 Matthew 1:2
7 Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah. Genesis 49:10 Luke 3:33
Hebrews 7:14
8 Messiah would be heir to King David’s throne. 2 Samuel 7:12-13
Isaiah 9:7
Luke 1:32-33
Romans 1:3
9 Messiah’s throne will be anointed and eternal. Psalm 45:6-7
Daniel 2:44
Luke 1:33
Hebrews 1:8-12
10 Messiah would be called Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:23
11 Messiah would spend a season in Egypt. Hosea 11:1 Matthew 2:14-15
12 A massacre of children would happen at Messiah’s birthplace. Jeremiah 31:15 Matthew 2:16-18
13 A messenger would prepare the way for Messiah Isaiah 40:3-5 Luke 3:3-6
14 Messiah would be rejected by his own people. Psalm 69:8
Isaiah 53:3
John 1:11
John 7:5
15 Messiah would be a prophet. Deuteronomy 18:15 Acts 3:20-22
16 Messiah would be preceded by Elijah. Malachi 4:5-6 Matthew 11:13-14
17 Messiah would be declared the Son of God. Psalm 2:7 Matthew 3:16-17
18 Messiah would be called a Nazarene. Isaiah 11:1 Matthew 2:23
19 Messiah would bring light to Galilee. Isaiah 9:1-2 Matthew 4:13-16
20 Messiah would speak in parables. Psalm 78:2-4
Isaiah 6:9-10
Matthew 13:10-15, 34-35
21 Messiah would be sent to heal the brokenhearted. Isaiah 61:1-2 Luke 4:18-19
22 Messiah would be a priest after the order of Melchizedek. Psalm 110:4 Hebrews 5:5-6
23 Messiah would be called King. Psalm 2:6
Zechariah 9:9
Matthew 27:37
Mark 11:7-11
24 Messiah would be praised by little children. Psalm 8:2 Matthew 21:16
25 Messiah would be betrayed. Psalm 41:9
Zechariah 11:12-13
Luke 22:47-48
Matthew 26:14-16
26 Messiah’s price money would be used to buy a potter’s field. Zechariah 11:12-13 Matthew 27:9-10
27 Messiah would be falsely accused. Psalm 35:11 Mark 14:57-58
28 Messiah would be silent before his accusers. Isaiah 53:7 Mark 15:4-5
29 Messiah would be spat upon and struck. Isaiah 50:6 Matthew 26:67
30 Messiah would be hated without cause. Psalm 35:19
Psalm 69:4
John 15:24-25
31 Messiah would be crucified with criminals. Isaiah 53:12 Matthew 27:38
Mark 15:27-28
32 Messiah would be given vinegar to drink. Psalm 69:21 Matthew 27:34
John 19:28-30
33 Messiah’s hands and feet would be pierced. Psalm 22:16
Zechariah 12:10
John 20:25-27
34 Messiah would be mocked and ridiculed. Psalm 22:7-8 Luke 23:35
35 Soldiers would gamble for Messiah’s garments. Psalm 22:18 Luke 23:34
Matthew 27:35-36
36 Messiah’s bones would not be broken. Exodus 12:46
Psalm 34:20
John 19:33-36
37 Messiah would be forsaken by God. Psalm 22:1 Matthew 27:46
38 Messiah would pray for his enemies. Psalm 109:4 Luke 23:34
39 Soldiers would pierce Messiah’s side. Zechariah 12:10 John 19:34
40 Messiah would be buried with the rich. Isaiah 53:9 Matthew 27:57-60
41 Messiah would resurrect from the dead. Psalm 16:10
Psalm 49:15
Matthew 28:2-7
Acts 2:22-32
42 Messiah would ascend to heaven. Psalm 24:7-10 Mark 16:19
Luke 24:51
43 Messiah would be seated at God’s right hand. Psalm 68:18
Psalm 110:1
Mark 16:19
Matthew 22:44
44 Messiah would be a sacrifice for sin. Isaiah 53:5-12 Romans 5:6-8

Even though my heart breaks for those Jews who have not realized who their Savior is, I’m eternally grateful to them as well.  Because of their lack of belief, God got pretty frustrated with them and decided to turn His favor on the rest of the world for a specific period of “cool off time”, i.e., the Gentiles, and told the Apostle Paul to share this incredible message of the Messiah with the world.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ’s forgiveness of our sins through His grace in faith alone, has spread throughout the world…. it’s gone viral.  Millions have not only heard this incredible message of how much they are loved by their eternal heavenly Father, but have had lives transformed in the process.  Heaven will now be filled with people from the ends of the earth, from all cultures and backgrounds, and one of those is me!  How can we not feel incredibly grateful for this free gift that was offered to us.  So, I thank the Jews for their lack of belief and rebellion, and I’m also thankful that one day, the “Gentile age” will close and God will go back to dealing with the Jews now that’s He’s cooled off a bit and is ready to try to re-convince them that Jesus has already, in fact, come, and is their Savior and promised Messiah.

Join me in prayer for those who do not yet know Jesus, that they would received this message with great gratitude and love and would forever be changed to be a resident of heaven.

Jesus is one and only Messiah, and one and only way to heaven!  Yes, the Messiah has already come and He is coming back again!

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.”  John 14: 1-11

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