Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Jesus Messiah

One of the foremost reasons I believe in Jesus Christ is because He’s fulfilled the ancient predictions of the Scriptures; prophecy that Christ is the Savior of the world and that Jesus is God, and that I should believe in Him and will have eternal life through Him.

“This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward. They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.” 1 Peter 1:10-12 NLT

That’s the way I look at Old Testament prophecies. You can’t just take one prophecy by itself, but if you take all three hundred or more pieces of the puzzle and you put them all together, do you know Whose face you see? JESUS CHRIST’S! He’s the Messiah. We haven’t just had the wool pulled over our eyes! We haven’t been deceived by clever stories, but we have come to believe the truth – the truth that this Book proclaims – that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. If you’re in trouble right now and you are a Christian, you are in the best place you could possibly be because you are in the Truth – you are in Christ Jesus.

We have a privilege that is greater than any Old Testament prophet ever had, and that is to see the completed picture. We see the Risen Lord. The Lord’s return is at hand and we understand His program for the church age. We have got it made! He says that these are things that any prophet would have gladly traded places with you at the bat of an eye. These things that angels long to look into. Look how anxious the angels were to be involved in it as soon as the Lord let them. Do you remember? They announced His upcoming birth to Mary, then they announced His birth to the shepherds, the angel warns Joseph to flee to Egypt, the angel ministered to the Lord at the end of His temptation and to strengthen Him in the Garden of Gethsemane, and then there are angels involved in the announcement that He is risen! Whenever the angels could get involved, they were there! I don’t think heaven had to ask for volunteers.

A lot of us have heard the message of the gospel week after week. We’ve heard that Jesus can save us from our sins. We’ve heard that our guilt can be taken away by our believing in Him and placing our faith in Jesus Christ. We’ve heard that He is the Messiah and seen the proof of that in the Old Testament. But, we sort of grow calloused to all this knowledge. What are you going to do? I know what the ancient prophets would have done: They would have worshipped Him and given Him their lives. But, what are you going to do with Jesus?