365 Prophecies: Prophecy 128
The Messiah shall call God His Father.
Old Testament Prediction:
Psalms 89:26 He shall cry to Me, “You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
John 5:18 “Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.”
John 10:17 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.”
John 10:29-33 “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.” Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, but because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”
It is interesting that many people have made the assertion that Jesus never claimed to be God. If a person simply reads carefully through the Gospel of John, it is impossible to miss the fact that Jesus claimed repeatedly to be equal to God. In the above verses from John 10:29-33, the Jews picked up stones to kill Jesus, as they told Him: “we stone You, for blasphemy, because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.” .”
Jesus claimed a unique relationship with God, that no other person could claim.
Those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ might say that “God is our Father.” What we mean by this declaration is that we are in a relationship with God by our trust in Jesus Christ. When Jesus states that God is his Father, He meant that He was equal with God.
John 10:30 “I and My Father are one.”
This was the reason that the Jews took up stones to kill Jesus. They believed that He had claimed equality with God and was therefore guilty of blasphemy.
John 10:29-33 …Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”
When Phillip asked Jesus to show him the Father, Jesus told him,”Phillip, if you have seen me, you have seen the Father;” They are one and the same.
John 14:9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”
The prophecy of Psalms 89:26 is clear: the Messiah will claim that God is His Father, and by this declaration He will mean that He is also God. This was a stumbling block to the Jews who heard Jesus say these words two thousand years ago, and it is a stumbling block to the Jews today. Many will not believe that Jesus is the promised Messiah because He claimed to be the Son of God and therefore equal to God.
There are seven Old Testament prophecies that either state emphatically, or allude to the fact that the Messiah will be the Son of God. The seventh, although not referring directly to the Son, is generally understood to be a Messianic prophecy, describing the coming of God’s Son and those who are waiting for Him.
2 Samuel 7:14 “I will be his Father, and he shall be My son.”
1 Chronicles 17:13 “I will be his Father, and he shall be My son…”
Psalms 2:7 “I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.’ ”
Psalms 89:26 “He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.’ ”
Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, If you know?
Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God.
Isaiah 33:2 O LORD, be gracious to us; We have waited for You.
It is clear by the evidence of the Hebrew Old Testament that God spoke in advance that the Promised Messiah would be the “Son of God.”
See also two additional chapters in this book:
The Messiah Will Be God
The Predictions Jesus Made