At the end of His public ministry on earth, after He had risen from the dead, Jesus met with His disciples and gave them the key to the entire Bible. Jesus said that everything written for the Messiah by the prophets, was about Him. All that He had been doing—everything He had said and done—was scripted by God, to fulfill the prophecies written for the Messiah.
“Then Jesus said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” ~Luke 24:44
During the final week of Jesus’ life on earth He instructed His disciples to go to a nearby town and there they would find the foal of a donkey. They were to untie him and bring the young animal to Jesus. On Palm Sunday, before He would be crucified the following week, Jesus rode that donkey into Jerusalem, and the people proclaimed Him the Messiah.
“As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. “Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.” This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said, “Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt.’” ~Matthew 21:1-5
The testimony of the men who were there and saw this event, said that at the time this all happened, they didn’t understand that Jesus had been fulfilling the prophecies written for the Messiah. It was not until after Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead, that they remembered that Zechariah the prophet had written this prophecy for the Messiah, and Jesus had precisely fulfilled it on the day the Passover Lamb would be inspected for defects on the tenth day of the first month, before being killed on the fourteenth day of the month.
“His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.” ~John 12:16
Zechariah’s Prophecy, Written For The Messiah, About 500 Years Before Jesus Arrived
“Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt.” ~Zechariah 9:9
Jesus said that everything He had done while on earth in the last three and one-half years of His life, was for the purpose of fulfilling what was written for the Messiah in “Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms.”
There are 46 Messianic Prophecies written by Moses in the first five books of the Bible, the Pentateuch. Atheist scholars say that Moses didn’t write these books, Jesus said Moses did write these prophecies for Him.
There are 116 Messianic Prophecies in the Psalms. These are some of the most vivid and detailed prophecies from the Old Testament, describing the Messiah in virtually every part of His life, death, and resurrection.
There are 238 Messianic Prophecies in the Prophets of the Old Testament. These men wrote such specific details about what the Messiah would say and do, that it is unmistakable that Jesus is the only man in all of history who has precisely fulfilled all of that the prophets wrote.
The Entire Purpose of the Bible is to Reveal Jesus as the Messiah, Through the Prophecies Written for Him in the Old Testament, Fulfilled in the New Testament
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