All God's revelations to the Prophets about the Messiah have been fulfilled! What does this mean to you and me? Read Apostle Paul's writing in the Book of Romans here (Romans 5:9 to 6:8).
No one can save himself from sin, unless God saves him
When the first humans, Adam and Eve, first decided they wanted to be God themselves and chose to obey Satan's word over God’s word, sin entered the world.
Cursed—the land, the man, the woman…all of humanity. Creation that was once beautiful and perfect, now rotten with shame before God.
This curse affects all of us. Sin separates us from God eternally. How can you and I be pure and forgiven?
The Prophets told us clearly that no human being can work his way out of sin. No one is capable of washing away their own sins (Jeremiah 2:22). No amount of good works and morality can make us right with God. No human can be righteous before God (Psalm 53:2-3). We have nothing that we can give to pay for our debt of sin (Isaiah 64:6).
But God said many times He would not give up on restoring this broken relationship (in the book of Exodus, Jeremiah, Daniel, Hosea etc.)! In His mercy and love, God prepared a way for us to be cleansed. God promised that a son of Eve would crush Satan’s head (Genesis 3:15).
But can one human crush Satan? No, but God was preparing someone who can, and He revealed His plan for the world to many prophets.
No one knows God's plan, unless God reveals it clearly through the Prophets (And He did)
Throughout history, God gradually revealed His plan through different Prophets.
Abraham was told by God that through his family, the entire world would be blessed (Genesis 12:3, Genesis 18:17–18). Someone would come from his lineage that would not only restore his people, but the whole world.
How can Abraham's children be a blessing to the world if they still need to deal with the problem of sin? God revealed a very important lesson through testing Abraham's faith. And Abraham passed the test because he knew God's heart: God Himself would provide the lamb needed for the sacrifice of sin in substitution of his son,
"God will Himself provide the lamb for the sacrifice." (Genesis 22:8)
Then God showed Prophet Moses and Prophet Aaron (Haron) His determination to draw near to His people and restore a covenant relationship with them forever. Through sacrifices and offerings for sin, God's people would offer and kill an innocent lamb as a substitute for their sin and be made right with God.
No human or animal sacrifice can atone for our sin forever, unless God prepares one with His power and glory
But can the blood of an animal cover our sin? Only temporarily.
Prophet David, a descendant of Abraham, was also promised by God that this final defeat of Satan would be carried out by one of his descendants (2 Samuel 7:12-13). His kingdom would be an everlasting kingdom, there would be a time where sin offerings were no longer necessary (Psalm 40)!
Later, God revealed to Prophet Daniel in a dream that a descendant of David would be like a 'Son of Man', who would rule the world forever and bring an end to sin (Daniel chapters 7 and 9).
But how can a man take our sins away? To humans this is impossible, but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). It is possible because God Himself promised it.
Prophet Isaiah also prophesied of this promise, saying:
“He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our sins; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-6).
God has revealed through Prophet Isaiah and Daniel that this Messiah (also called the 'Son of Man') sent by God would be a sacrificial lamb who takes the punishments of our sins upon himself as a substitute. But this time, it would be a lasting sacrifice, not one that needs to be offered again and again, but one that lasts forever. It is not a plan any human can envision or carry out. It can only be done by an almighty yet merciful God.
No one can find this Messiah, unless God's miracles and prophecies prove it unmistakably
God has revealed a lot of details about the birth, life, suffering and death of the Messiah to many Prophets, so that all mankind can know for sure. No one can argue when the Messiah fulfills all these prophecies.
Not only did Jesus fit the description of the Messiah perfectly, he fulfilled over 200 of the prophecies from the Prophets! The chance of anyone fulfilling just 48 of these prophecies is a probability of 1 in 10 to the 157th power! According to Borel’s single law of chance, anything beyond 10 to the 50th power is impossible!
For a full list of prophecies about the Messiah written by the ancient Prophets, click here.
Your Response: Listen to God and Pray...
1. What does God's plan of salvation reveal to you about:
a. God's character?
b. God's attitude towards sin?
c. God's love for you?
2. What is your response to God?
3. Who will you share this story with?
How can any one pay for other people's sin?!
What did Jesus REALLY say about his identity? Who do you think he is?