365 Prophecies: Prophecy 105
The words of the Messiah will be filled with grace.
Old Testament Prediction:
Psalms 45:2 “You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Luke 4:16- 22 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth…
John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 1:16 “And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.”
John 1:17 “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
When Jesus spoke the words that are recorded in Luke Chapter 4:16-22, He was fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah in Chapter 61.
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD…”
The interesting point here is that Jesus left out the last part of verse 22:
“And the day of vengeance of our God…”
The reason for this omission regarding the day of vengeance is that Jesus came the first time to bring the Grace and Mercy of God to all people. Through the Messiah, God was offering a full and complete pardon for all past, present and future sins. The definition of “Grace” is “unmerited favor.” We receive something that we don’t deserve. Mercy is not receiving what we do deserve, in regards to punishment.
Through Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins on the cross, God did not count our sins against us and instead, showed us Grace. We receive, through Jesus, something wonderful: the forgiveness of our sins and life everlasting. Through Jesus’ sacrifice, we DO NOT receive from God what we all deserve: judgment and punishment for our sins.
2 Corinthians 5:19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them.
1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
1 John 3:5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.
1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
If you disagree with this premise that we are sinners and that we deserve judgement, please allow me to reason with you for a moment. Why it is that you feel that you are not a sinner? The definition of sin is to “miss the mark of perfection.” The original meaning of the word sin came from ancient England. An archer would stretch forth his bow in order to strike the bullseye of a distant target. If he were to miss the bullseye, he was called “a sinner,” someone who had “missed the mark.” This definition was later used to bring an understandable definition to English-speaking individuals as to what sin is.
God demands perfection in our moral life. Because He created us as morally perfect beings, and we have become imperfect by our own personal choices, we have violated His law. The penalty stated by God for sin is death.
Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.”
God will not simply accept us if we are good; we must be perfect.
Matthew 5:48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Surely you do not think of yourself as perfect. I am sure that you are aware of your own shortcomings, more so—than anyone else. We live with these imperfections or sins because that is just the way that we are. The fact remains, this was not the way we were created. We became imperfect, first by the inheritance of Adam’s sin nature, and we continue our imperfection by living out our own personal decisions—to do wrong, everyday.
If you still refuse to admit that you are a sinner, then may I respectfully say to you that you are making God a liar.
1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar.
For God has stated that all of us are sinners.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…
The good news is that God loves sinners, and this is why He sent the Messiah to die for us—to pay the price we owed for all of our sins.
This is the topic of this 105th prophecy. God is displaying His Grace to us by giving—what we do not deserve: His unmerited favor. He punished His Son instead of us. How could God be anymore gracious than He has already exhibited, by giving His Son to die for us? Jesus is the fulfillment of this 105th prophecy—described by Psalms 45:2. Jesus poured out His life unto death to show us this Grace.