From the very beginning, after the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden, God promised to take care of the catastrophic consequences that befell all mankind due to Adam and Eve’s disobedience when they were led astray by Satan to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:14-15
The Lord inaugurated His sacrificial system of worship at this point in time looking ahead to the Savior Jesus Christ. We know this because Abel offered the first born of his flock as a pleasing sacrifice to the Lord God, while his older brother offered the produce of his field. God accepted Abel’s offering, but rejected the offering of Cain. Abel’s offering testified to his faith in the coming Messiah as revealed in the New Testament in the book of Hebrews.
3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering. Genesis 4:3-4
4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. Hebrews 11:4
After the flood, righteous Noah, offered from the clean animals aboard the ark a sacrifice of worship to his Holy God. This righteous act is also attested to be an expression of his faith that God had promised to provide a holy sacrifice for him by Whom he would be saved from divine judgment.
20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living this as I have done. 22 While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease. Genesis 8:20-22
7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is according to faith. Hebrews 11:7
God met with Abram and called him out of the land of the Chaldeans to bring him into a land that He would give to his seed. God gave Abram many promises about this seed that would come from his own body and from his wife Sarai. This promised seed would be the progenitor of the Seed, the promised Messiah. Abram believed God’s promise to send the Messiah and it was counted as righteousness to Abram.
7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, “Unto thy seed will I give this land.” And there built he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him. Genesis 12:7
1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” 2 And Abram said,” Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.” 4 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, “This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.” 5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, “Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.” 6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. Genesis 15:1-6
In the last verse of the second passage from the book of Genesis, God tells us that Abraham believed in the Lord and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Abraham believed the promise of God that He would send His perfect sacrifice for his sins, making atonement for him, giving him God’s righteousness that comes through faith. This is further explained in verses out of the New Testament.
13 For the promise that he would be heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise of no effect, 15 because the law brings wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression. 16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed to not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old) and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Romans 4:13-22
8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham. Galatians 3:8-9
16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.
Abraham was the father of the nation of Israel. God prophesied about this nation to Abraham after he had believed in the Lord. This nation was led out of Egypt by Moses who was the servant of God. Moses spoke with God face to face. God promised the people of Israel that He would provide a Prophet like Moses whom they were to obey. ( See https://holdingforthhisword.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/gods-prophet/ ) In the Song of Moses, (Deuteronomy 32) God includes the Gentiles with the nation of Israel as those who will receive His promised Messiah.
43 “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people; For He will avenge the blood of His servants, And render vengeance to His adversaries; He will provide atonement for His land and His people.” Deuteronomy 32:43
The promise of the Messiah for the Gentiles is also given in the book of Isaiah. Isaiah prophesied extensively about the Messiah. His message is ripe with the Promised One Whom God has prepared for all people.
10 “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the peoples; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place will be glorious. Isaiah 11:10
1“Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles…6 “I the Lord, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles, 7 to open blind eyes, To bring prisoners from the prison, Those who sit in darkness from the prison house. Isaiah 42:1&6-7
22 “Look to Me, and be saved All you ends of the earth! For I am God and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:22
So far we can see that the Promised Messiah initially was promised to all people, then specifically to the nation of Israel, but ultimately to everyone. There are specific attributes of the Promised Messiah that only Jesus Christ fulfilled.
He was to be born of a virgin, being the Son of God, He would be filled with the Holy Spirit, He would perform miraculous signs, He would be the perfect Sacrifice Who alone takes away the sins of the world, He would be unjustly killed, buried and He would arise from the dead. Following are verses from the Old and New Testaments regarding the promise and Jesus Christ, Who is the fulfillment of God’s promise.
14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. 2 The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of the knowledge of the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:1-2
4 Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.” 5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then the lame shall leap like a deer ,And the tongue of the dumb shall sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert. Isaiah 35:5-6
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. 9 And they made His grave with the wicked—But with the rich at His death. Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth. Isaiah 53:8-9
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. 11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:10-12
These passages from the prophet Isaiah which give detailed information about the Messiah, have their fulfillment only through Jesus Christ. Here are passages from the New Testament that prove Jesus Christ is the Promised Messiah.
20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she shall bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” 24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her will she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus. Matthew 1:20-25
31 “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end. Luke 1:31-33
16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17
1 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness…Luke 4:1
31”He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. 33 He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true. 34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. 35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. John 3:31-35
22 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard; that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. 23 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” Luke 7:22-23
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29
45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. 46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things. Luke 24:45-48
9 “If we this day are judged for a good deed done to this helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10 let it be known to all, and to all people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. Acts 4:9-10
The only thing left for us to do is to give God praise and glory for keeping His promises. He has promised us a Savior and He has sent His Son, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Anyone who repents of their sin and believes in Him is saved from the presence, power and penalty of sin. The wrath of God is promised to those who refuse the salvation freely offered through faith in Jesus Christ. If God kept His promise to send us a Savior, then we can be sure that He will keep His promise to punish those who reject the Son of God. Call on the name of the Lord while it is still today that you may be saved.
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” 6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be His God and he shall be My son. 8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:5-8
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 By which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third say according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 1 Corinthians 15:1-5
Heavenly Father You are faithful, true, merciful and all powerful. By Your great might You have procured our salvation, for all of those who repent of their sins and put their faith in Jesus Christ. May Your gospel message abound throughout the world in power and efficacious grace that all who hear will repent and believe the gospel of the Son of Your Love, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself that He might redeem for Himself His own special people zealous for good deeds. Amen!