Was Jesus the Messiah?

January 2, 2010   |   Category: Urgent Questions   |   Tags:

By Irvin Baxter

 

The Messiah was the “anointed one” or the coming “King of Israel”

We could also think of the Messiah as being the savior. Many believe to this day that the Messiah has not yet come and they are still in search of him. The only clues available about the coming Messiah are contained in the prophecies of the Old Testament. In order to understand who the Messiah is let’s look at the prophecies which describe and speak of Him.
 
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
 
We learn here that the Messiah is going to be born of a virgin. Honestly that sounds impossible and definitely should make finding the Messiah very easy.
 
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Micah 5:2
 
In this passage we discover that Bethlehem is the prophesied birthplace of the coming king.
 
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. Jeremiah 23:5
 

The King, the Messiah, will be a descendant of David.

Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. Jeremiah 31:15
 
At first glance this prophecy may not seem to have anything to do with the Messiah,  but we will find that this directly relates to the time of the Messiah’s birth. Children were going to be slaughtered or killed at the time of His birth.
 
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. Psalm 41:9
 
Now we are seeing some things that will occur during the life of the Messiah. We learn from the psalmist that He will actually be betrayed by a friend.
 
And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. Zechariah 11:12
 
The prophet Zechariah speaks of the Messiah on more than one occasion and we will look at another one of his prophecies. However, in this prophecy we discover that the Messiah would be sold or worth thirty pieces of silver.
 
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. Zechariah 12:10
 
For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. Psalm 22:16
 
Within these two prophecies we understand that the Messiah would be crucified, He would be pierced in His hands and His feet. Now what makes this prophecy even more interesting is the fact that the Book of Psalms was written around 1,000 BC and crucifixions were not instituted until approximately 500 BC. So the Messiah was foretold of dying in a way that was unknown to man at that time.
 
They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. – Psalm 22:18

We find another unique prophecy about the Messiah; that lots would be cast for His clothing.

So let’s look at the overall picture and see what we know about the Messiah. He would be born of a virgin in Bethlehem and be a descendant of King David. At the time of his birth children were going to be slaughtered. Later on in His life He would be betrayed by a friend, sold for thirty pieces of silver, crucified, and lots would be cast for His clothes. Now in all honesty it would seem a little unreal for one person to fulfill all of these prophecies.
 
But there was a man; this man was Jesus Christ. In Matthew 1:18-23 we find that He was born of a virgin. In Matthew 2:1 we find that He was born in Bethlehem. In Revelation 22:16 Jesus was the offspring of David. In Matthew 2:16-18 Herod decreed that children under the age of two be killed at the time of Jesus’ birth.  In John 13:18 Jesus was betrayed by a friend. In Matthew 26:15 He was sold for thirty pieces of silver. In John 19:16-18, and 37 we learn that He was crucified. Finally, in Matthew 27:35 we read that lots were cast for His clothing.
 
There are many more messianic prophecies in the Old Testament than I’ve listed here, but this last one is amazing. In Daniel 9:24-27, the famous prophecy of Daniel’s 70 weeks is recorded. In verse 26, it states that the Messiah would come and be cut off before the city and the sanctuary were destroyed. We know the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the temple in 70 AD. Thus, the Messiah had to be here before 70 AD. Who was the Messiah that came prior to 70 AD, and was he cut off?
 
Jesus Christ was the only man to ever meet every specification given to us in the Old Testament. It is without question that Jesus Christ was and is the Messiah.

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19 Responses to “Was Jesus the Messiah?”

  1. ROBERT P LANGSTON

    We can plainly see that Jesus was, and is, the Messiah, but there those that argue that the Bible does not state that the Messiah is God. Are there any scriptures that directly state that He is God?

    • Doug Norvell

      Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
      John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
      2 Peter 1:1Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
      1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
      Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

      This is a just a few.

  2. Sue Sinor

    I do agree that our Messiah fulfilled the prophesies of the old testament and no other did. But I do not agree that the transliterated name of Jesus and the white image that is supposed to represent him are correct. First we are to have NO IMAGES according to the 2nd commandment and also No IMAGE can ever be the real thing. Like your picture or a sculpture of you is not really you but only an IMAGE of you. The Messiahs true name comes from his Father God and God’s name is given in the psalms and in Rev 19:1. John 5:43 says I come in my Father’s name but you receive me not. If a man comes in his own name him you shall receive. Deut 28 gives blessings and curses of the children of Israel. The 2 eagles mentioned in that chapter are #1 Rome and #2 USA who brought them here as slaves in ships because they did receive the curses for their disobedience. Those slaves were black in 1619 and would have certainly been black 2000 years ago during time of Messiah. We have a false image as 2nd command warns with a false name that the whole world has accepted just as John 5:43 has said would happen. I am not black but even Lincoln knew who the true Jews were and fought to free them after about 250 years of slavery here. You don’t have to believe me but the prophecy shows this. Isaiah 53 says he was a man of sorrow and not comely that any should desire him, yet the image everyone accepts today is comely and most everyone does accept him. The english name of our Messiah should be Joshua not Jesus. His name got translated and retranslated then into english. He was not english he was a hebrew israelite and a jew. Look forward to your reply.

  3. Robert Gordon

    Yes, Jesus was/is
    1.) The Messiah (Hebrew).
    2.) The Christ (Greek).
    Defined as
    ” The Anointed One.”
    Jesus is YAHu’shuwa which means ” I AM that I AM is our Savior”.
    YAHu’shuwa is a compound name derived partly from the name of God in the O.T.
    Which is “YaHu’WaH”
    And means “I AM that I AM”
    The shortened form of “YAH” (I AM) is the basis of the N.T. name of God as YaHu’shuwa.
    Jesus is the Messiah.
    Jesus is God.
    Jesus is the Great I AM that I AM come to save us from our sins.

  4. Jesus is much more than just the Messiah. The following scriptures prove He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob come in the flesh, the world was made by him, and He is now the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit. John 1:1,”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the WORD WAS GOD.” John 1:14,”And the Word WAS MADE 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 1:10,”He was in the world and the WORLD WAS MADE BY HIM.” John 5:43,”I am come in my Father’s name and you receive me not, if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.” John 12:44-45,”He that believes on me, believes not on me, but on him the sent me. 45 And he that SEES ME SEES THE FATHER.” Deuteronomy 6:4,”Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is ONE Lord”, and Jesus said in l John 10:30,” I and my Father ARE ONE.” John 14:8-10,”Philip said to Jesus, Lord show us the Father and it will satisfy us. 9 Jesus said unto him, Have I been so long a time with you and yet you have not known me Philip? He that has SEEN ME HAS SEEN THE FATHER, and how do you say now, show us the Father? 10 Believe thou not that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The words I speak unto you I speak not of myself but the FATHER THAT DWELLS IN ME, HE DOES THE WORKS.” Jesus said in John 14:28,”……for my Father is greater than I.” In other words the previous scripture is saying that the flesh and blood man Jesus did not heal the sick and raise the dead – the FATHER which dwelt INSIDE him did those works, which HE and the FATHER ARE ONE, which explains why Jesus said the Father is greater than he is. 1 John 2:23,”Whosoever denies the son, the same has not the Father, but he that acknowledges the son HAS THE FATHER ALSO.” 2 John 9,”He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has BOTH the Father and the son.” Jesus said in John 5:39,”Search the scriptures for in them you think you have eternal life, and they are they which testify of ME.” Jesus is referring to the scriptures in the Old Testament which are referring to HIMSELF before he took on flesh and became a man. Isaiah 9:6,”For unto us a child is born, unto us a SON is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, THE MIGHTY GOD, the everlasting FATHER, the prince of peace.”
    Matthew 26:15 – Judas Iscariot said,”What will you give me if I deliver him to you? And they (the Chief Priests) weighed out 30 pieces of silver ” Note back in
    Zechariah 11:12 it states,”And I said to them, If you think good, give ME my price and if not forbear. So they weighed out 30 pieces of silver.” Note that is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob talking about HIMSELF after he became a man and before he was crucified. John 19:34,”But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came out blood and water.” Note back in Zechariah 12:10 it states,”…..and they shall look upon ME whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him.” Also in Zechariah 13:6,”And one shall say to him (Jesus), What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those are which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” Psalms 22:16,”For dogs have compassed me, the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me, they pierced my hands and my feet.” Isaiah 53:5,
    But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our piece was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed.” Note that is the FATHER of the Old Testament referring to HIMSELF as he was hanging on the Cross. Mark 15:24,”And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots for them, what every man should take.” Note back in Psalms 22:18 it says,”They part MY garments among them and cast lots upon MY vesture.” Note that
    is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob referring to HIMSELF as he was hanging on the Cross. John 19:29,”Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar, filled a sponge with vinegar and put it on a hyssop, and put it to his mouth.” Note back in Psalms 69:21,”They gave ME also gall for my meat and in my thirst they gave ME vinegar to drink.”
    Paul said in Galatians 1:12 that he was not taught by any man but was taught by Jesus himself which means that everything Paul said was exactly what Jesus told him to say. Paul said in the following verses in Titus:
    Titus 1:3,”But (God) hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment OF GOD OUR SAVIOR.”
    Titus 2:10,”Not purloining but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine OF GOD OUR SAVIOR in all things.”
    Titus 2:13,”Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the GREAT GOD AND OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.”
    Titus 3:4,”But after the kindness and love of GOD OUR SAVIOR toward man appeared.”
    Titus 3:6,”Which he shed on us abundantly through JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR.” Note back in Isaiah 43:11 God said,”I,even I, am the Lord, and besides me there is no Savior.” Also Isaiah 44:16,”Thus saith the the Lord the king of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of Hosts, I am the first, and I am the last, and besides me there is no God.” The scriptures above and in Titus prove that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – the Father of the Old Testament, is also Jesus Christ – the God and Savior in the New Testament.
    The following scriptures in the book of Revelation, Jesus is speaking and proves he is the Almighty God and the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit:
    Rev. 1:8,”I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and is to come,THE ALMIGHTY.”
    Rev. 1:17-18,”And when I saw him (John speaking) I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not, I am the first and the last. 18
    I am he that LIVES AND WAS DEAD, and behold, I am alive for ever more. Amen, and have the keys of hell and of death.”
    Rev. 2:11,”He that has an ear let him hear what the SPIRIT says to the Churches.”
    Rev. 21:6-7,”And he said unto me, It is done, I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the waters of life freely. 7 He that overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his GOD and he shall be my SON.”
    Until the man Christ Jesus was born, God was a Spirit. When Jesus was born, God became both Spirit and body. This did not mean there were now 2 Gods. All of us are Spirit and one body but we are not 2 people. We are ONE person with a Spirit and one body. When God made himself a body through the Virgin Mary, he did not become 2 separate Gods.
    All of the book of Acts is what Jesus disciples told us what we must do to be SAVED, and that is repentance, water baptism in Jesus name, meaning Jesus name is said at baptism which is Acts 2:38, Acts 8:14-18, Acts 9:18, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 16:15, Acts 16:33, Acts 18:7-8, Acts 19:3-5, and Acts 22:16, and be baptized with the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit. Being baptized with the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit is explained in Acts 2:4, Acts 8:17, Acts 9:17, Acts 10:44-48, and Acts 19:5-6. When Jesus disciples baptized in water they were doing exactly what Jesus said to do in Matthew 28:19,”Go therefore and teach all nations, BAPTIZING them in the name (SINGULAR name) OF the Father, and OF the Son, and OF the Holy Ghost.” Father is a title and not a name, Son is a title and not a name, Holy Ghost is a title and not a name.
    All the scriptures above in the book of Acts is exactly what Jesus meant in John 3:5-7,”Verily, verily I say unto you, Except a man be born of water AND of the Spirit, he can not enter into the kingdom of God. 7 “You MUST be born again.” Being born of water is water baptism in Jesus name, which all of those scriptures above about water baptism was FOR THE REMISSION OF SIN, meaning the INITIAL remission of sin and not the confessing of sin stated in 1 John 1:9 which is 18 Chapters AFTER the book of Acts. Being born of the Spirit is being baptized with the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit.
    All of the scriptures above prove the ONENESS of God, that his name is Jesus, and that there is no such thing as the Trinity – meaning there is not God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost and that they are not 3 Gods that are separate of each other
    DaveS

    • Lila LeGrande

      The word ‘Trinity’ is used to refer to God in three Persons. As with all things from God, it is above man’s comprehension and impossible to explain, however, there are many verses that refer to the Trinity. No verses refer to three Gods.

  5. EruditeOne

    I’ve viewed/heard nearly all of http://www.Endtime.com presentations and find little fault with presenter’s thoughts and interpretations yet; the 1st and 2nd Temples of Solomon were built on land David bought (grainery floor) in City of David. The temple mount is where Roman legion and support people lived while in Jerusalem. The City of David was/is located about 600 yards South of the Temple Mount. If Jews wish to build 3rd Temple of Solomon on same place 1st and 2nd Temples of Solomon stood they should build South of the Temple Mount. I think http://www.Endtime.com should spend time researching where 1st and 2nd Temples of Solomon really stood.

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