Travel with me, down the road that leads from Jerusalem to Emmaus–a distance of some seven miles. It is Sunday, the third day since Jesus has been crucified. Mary arrives early in the Morning at Jesus tomb and returns to tell the disciples that His body is no longer where He was placed after His death. Mary, Peter, and John have reported to the other followers of Jesus that He has risen from the dead, just as He promised He would. Many of Jesus followers are uncertain at this point if He really is alive. Two of Jesus disciples, Cleopas and one other–who is not named, are in a state of despair as they walk along this road leading out of Jerusalem.
While on this journey, these two men are discussing the events that have led up to the crucifixion of Jesus and His subsequent death. Suddenly, unknown to these two disciples, Jesus comes along to join them as they walk. He asks why they are so sad. Not knowing at this point that they are speaking to the Lord, they convey to this stranger that they had hoped that Jesus was the Messiah. They state that their hopes are now dashed as they are not certain that He really was the promised one–since He was put to death on the cross. They were expecting a conquering Messiah, not a suffering and dying Servant.
Jesus takes these two men through the Hebrew scriptures, beginning with Moses–in the Law, and continuing through all the Prophets. He shows them each of the Prophecies of the Messiah and How they were fulfilled by His life, death, and resurrection.
“Then Jesus said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” –Luke 24:25-27
What were the Old Testament scriptures that Jesus showed these disciples? They are the very same prophecies that are contained within this book.
It is impossible to fully understand the Bible or the purpose for which Jesus came into the world–apart from a good working knowledge of these prophecies that Jesus expounded upon as He walked along the road to Emmaus. The leaders of Israel, the Jews who lived in Jerusalem, and the followers of Jesus–all had a difficult time understanding everything that Jesus had said and done. It was only after these Hebrew prophecies were fully explained to those who had followed Him, that they understood the purpose for His arrival on the earth.
This book is a 3,000 page treatise that lists the 365 Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah that Jesus fulfilled in the New Testament. Each prophecy is fully explained and includes a section of application where the importance of these events are applied–in context with our lives today.
Everything that Jesus said and did, rests upon His ability to fulfill all of the words of Moses and the Prophets. God gave these extremely detailed and difficult prophecies to us–so that we might be able to validate the claims of any person who claimed to be the Messiah.
How is it possible to write in describing these explicit details unless the author had actually seen the events take place before they happened? These truly are incredible predictions when we consider the extreme difficulty and precision required to fulfill the many specific details contained within these hundreds of prophecies.
Jesus was not a helpless and condemned man, dying upon a cross with no control over anything that happened to Him. He not only told Moses and the Prophets what to write, thousands of years before these events took place, He controlled the specific details of each fulfillment to ensure the precise outcome. Jesus exhibits stunning control over all these circumstances–so that we might be able to understand and believe that His is the True Messiah.
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