Jesus Understood That He Was Fulfilling Prophecy

Whatever we might believe about Jesus, it is clear that He believed Himself to be the fulfillment of the Hebrew scriptures regarding the Messiah. When we examine the New Testament narrative, it is really quite compelling. Either Jesus is a liar, He is deluded, or He really is the Messiah. The evidence for the later is overwhelming.

David’s prophecy of the Messiah:

Psalms 41:9 “Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.”

New Testament Fulfillment:

John 13:18-19 (Jesus Speaking) “I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, `He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.’ Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am He.”

John 13:21-27 When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke. Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke. Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.

Luke 22:47-48 And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

Application:

Prophecy 103 gives us the details of Jesus’ arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. Prophecy 104 adds an additional detail, that it will be a close friend who will betray Him, the one who ate bread with Him. See also Prophecy 110, as both were written by David in response to his betrayal by Ahithophel.

(Prophecies 103 and 104, from the book: “The Prophecies of the Messiah.”
The Prophecies of the Messiah: The Scriptures of the Prophets are Fulfilled

Jesus confirms that He is the object of Psalms 41:9, in John 13:18-19, by saying: “I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, `He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.'”

Jesus understood that only the Messiah could fulfill Psalms 41:9. He knew what He was saying when He stated that the Messiah would be betrayed by a friend so close that they would break bread together. Judas Iscariot became the betrayer when He sat with Jesus at the Last Supper, on the night Jesus was arrested.

What I repeatedly find amazing about each of these individual prophecies is that Jesus often states that the Scripture may be fulfilled. When we find Jesus confirming that a particular Old Testament prediction is being fulfilled by Himself, there is no further need of validation. Consider the difficulty to which these things come into alignment and become reality. Jesus’ remembrance of scriptures from the Old Testament that He claims to be fulfilling shows His vast knowledge of the Bible. Paul, who was an incredible student of the Hebrew scriptures, was no doubt impressed and inspired himself by how Jesus pulled verses from the Old Testament together and stated that what He was doing at a given moment was the fulfillment of those verses. When we examine Paul’s writing in the New Testament, we see the very same thing. Paul will show us how events which were taking place were a fulfillment of what was formerly written. Not only this, but what was written before also has the important purpose of teaching and encouraging us today.

Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

This is one of the reasons that I set out to write this book. After thirty-six years of studying the Bible and the subject of prophecy, I became aware of how Bible prophecy affects everything that we do in our Christian lives. Even as I write to this point, I have already observed how understanding the interrelationship between what was formerly written in the Old Testament and these things being fulfilled in the New Testament, are crucial to our understanding of who Jesus is, and why He came to earth. God wanted to make sure that there was considerable evidence for the identity of the Messiah. From the simplest mind to the greatest intellect, prophecies such as this 104th prediction show us God’s intimate knowledge of every microsecond of our lives. If He has the power to control every event that we can observe here in these predictions and their fulfillment, He can also control all the events of our life, for our greatest benefit.

God is interacting with seven billion people, every second of every day, and He has continued to do so-for all time. In every event, the Lord is always working to bring about His will and purpose for all human life. He has the ability to know, control, and bring about the purposes that He has determined for each individual person. It appears that God is so mighty that He has not only the desire, but also the capacity-to interact with every individual person on the earth, simultaneously. He can hear the prayers of seven billion people, all individually, and all at once. He can answer all prayer and bring about the specific plan that He has for each individual. All this, while causing each one of us to come into alignment-to fulfill His determined will and purpose, for all time and eternity.

From the book: “The Prophecies of the Messiah

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