14 Days on Old Testament Prophecies Fulfilled in New Testament

The Prophecy of the Virgin Birth of the Messiah in Isaiah 7:14 and Its Fulfillment in Matthew 1:18-25.

The prophecy of the virgin birth of the Messiah is found in Isaiah 7:14, which says, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel." This verse foretells the miraculous birth of a child who will be called Immanuel, which means "God with us."


This prophecy was fulfilled in the New Testament when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, a virgin, and told her that she would give birth to the Son of God. Mary was understandably confused and asked how this could be possible since she was a virgin. The angel Gabriel explained to Mary that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and she would be pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.


In Matthew 1:18-25, we read the account of the fulfillment of this prophecy. The passage says, "This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.


But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.'


All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 'The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel' (which means 'God with us')."


Through this miraculous event, the prophecy of the virgin birth of the Messiah was fulfilled. The birth of Jesus, the Son of God, was a sign that God was with us and that he had come to save his people from their sins.



Prayer:


Dear God,


We thank you for the miracle of the virgin birth of Jesus, the Messiah. We are in awe of your power and grace, and we stand in awe of your love for us. Thank you for sending your Son to be with us and to save us from our sins. We pray that we may always remember the significance of this event and that we may always seek to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.


We ask that You would bless all those who are reading this devotional and that You would fill their hearts with Your love and grace. We pray that You would guide them in all that they do and that You would give them the strength and courage to follow Your will for their lives.


We pray that you would be with us always and that you would never leave us or forsake us. We pray that you would fill us with your peace and joy and that you would help us to share your love with others.


In Jesus' name, we pray, Amen.

The Prophecy of the Messiah as the King of God's Kingdom in Zechariah 9:9 and Its Fulfillment in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The prophecy of the messiah as the king of God's kingdom in Zechariah 9:9 is a powerful reminder of the significance and importance of Jesus' role in God's plan of salvation. In this verse, the prophet Zechariah writes: "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey."


This prophecy was fulfilled in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, as Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, fulfilling the words of the prophet Zechariah. As he entered the city, the crowds greeted him with shouts of "Hosanna!" and laid their cloaks and palm branches on the ground before him, recognizing him as the long-awaited messiah, the king of God's kingdom.


But Jesus' role as the king of God's kingdom is much more than just a political title. As the Son of God, Jesus is the rightful ruler and king over all things, including the hearts and lives of his people. In Matthew 28:18, Jesus says, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." This authority extends not just to the earthly realm, but to the spiritual realm as well, as Jesus has been given the authority to judge the living and the dead (2 Timothy 4:1).


As the king of God's kingdom, Jesus is also the savior of his people. In Zechariah 9:9, the prophet speaks of Jesus as "having salvation," and this is a key aspect of his role as the Messiah. Through his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, Jesus has provided a way for us to be reconciled to God and to receive the gift of eternal life. In John 3:16, Jesus says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."


In addition to being the king and savior of God's kingdom, Jesus is also the cornerstone, the foundation on which we build our lives. In Ephesians 2:20, Paul writes, "And you are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone." Jesus is the rock on which we stand, and through our faith in Him, we are able to weather the storms of life and stand firm in our faith.


As we reflect on the prophecy of the messiah as the king of God's kingdom in Zechariah 9:9 and its fulfillment in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we are reminded of the incredible love and grace of God. Through Jesus, we have been given the gift of salvation and the opportunity to be a part of his kingdom. Let us give thanks and praise to God for sending his Son to be our savior and king, and let us seek to follow him and build our lives on the foundation of his love and truth.



Prayer:



Dear God,


We praise and thank you for the prophecy of the messiah as the king of your kingdom in Zechariah 9:9, and for fulfilling this prophecy in the person of Jesus. We are grateful for the love and grace that You have shown us through Your Son, and we thank You for the gift of salvation that He has provided.


We marvel at the way that Jesus fulfilled the words of the prophet, entering Jerusalem on a donkey and being greeted by the crowds with shouts of "Hosanna!" We are amazed by his humility and his willingness to suffer and die on the cross for our sins.


As we read the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we are struck by the authority and power of Jesus, and we are reminded of his role as the king of your kingdom. We pray that we may recognize and submit to His authority in our own lives and that we may follow Him and build our lives on the foundation of His love and truth.


We pray that we may be drawn into your kingdom through our faith in Jesus and that we may experience the fullness of your love and grace. We pray that we may be a part of the body of Christ and that we may serve you with all of our hearts, minds, and strength.


In Jesus' name, we pray, Amen.

The Prophecy of the Messiah as the Cornerstone of God's Temple in Isaiah 28:16 and Its Fulfillment in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The prophecy of the Messiah as the cornerstone of God's temple is a powerful and significant message that is found in the Old Testament book of Isaiah. Isaiah 28:16, says, "Therefore thus says the Lord God, 'Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not be in haste.' "


This verse speaks of the coming of the Messiah, who will be a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, and a sure foundation for those who believe in Him. The Messiah will be the foundation upon which God's temple will be built, and all those who put their faith in Him will not be in haste but will find rest and security in His love.


This prophecy is fulfilled in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, where we see Jesus Christ, the Son of God, fulfilling this role as the cornerstone of God's temple. In Matthew 21:42, Jesus Himself says, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes'? "


Here, Jesus is referencing the prophecy in Isaiah 28:16 and applying it to Himself. He is the stone that the builders rejected, but through His death and resurrection, He has become the cornerstone upon which God's temple is built. This is a beautiful picture of the love and grace of God, who used the rejection and suffering of His own Son to bring salvation and hope to the world.


As we reflect on this prophecy and its fulfillment in the Gospels, we can find great comfort and encouragement in knowing that Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith. He is the foundation upon which we can build our lives, and we can trust in Him to hold us up and guide us through even the toughest of times.


As we consider the truth of this prophecy, let us also remember to pray for those who are still searching for the truth and for the salvation that can only be found in Jesus. May we be a light to those around us, sharing the hope and love of Jesus with those who are in need?



Prayer:


Dear God,


Thank you for the beautiful prophecy of the Messiah as the cornerstone of your temple. Thank you for the fulfillment of this prophecy in Jesus, who is the foundation of our faith. Help us to trust in Him and to build our lives upon His love and grace.


We pray for those who are still searching for the truth and for the salvation that can only be found in Jesus. May we be a light to those around us, sharing the hope and love of Jesus with those who are in need?


We pray that You would continue to work in the hearts of those who are lost, drawing them closer to You and leading them to the truth of Your Word. We pray that you would strengthen and encourage those who are already walking with you, helping them to grow in their faith and to share your love with others.


We pray all of these things in the name of Jesus, our cornerstone and savior. Amen.

The Prophecy of the Messiah as the Bread of Life in Isaiah 55:1-3 and Its Fulfillment in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The prophecy of the Messiah as the bread of life is a powerful and significant message that is found in the Old Testament book of Isaiah. Isaiah 55:1-3, it says, "Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David."


This verse speaks of the coming of the Messiah, who will be like bread and water to those who are thirsty and hungry. He will satisfy the deepest longings and needs of our hearts, and those who come to Him will find rest and nourishment in His love. The Messiah will make an everlasting covenant with us, a covenant of steadfast and pure love, just as God made a covenant with David.


This prophecy is fulfilled in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, where we see Jesus Christ, the Son of God, fulfilling this role as the bread of life. In John 6:35, Jesus says, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst."


Here, Jesus is referencing the prophecy in Isaiah 55:1-3 and applying it to Himself. He is the bread of life that satisfies the deepest longings and needs of our hearts. He is the one who offers us rest and nourishment, and through faith in Him, we can find eternal life.


As we reflect on this prophecy and its fulfillment in the Gospels, we can find great comfort and encouragement in knowing that Jesus is the bread of life for us. He is the one who satisfies our deepest needs and longings, and we can trust in Him to sustain and nourish us in every aspect of our lives.


As we consider the truth of this prophecy, let us also remember to pray for those who are still searching for the bread of life. May we be a light to those around us, sharing the hope and love of Jesus with those who are in need?



Prayer:


Dear God,


Thank you for the beautiful prophecy of the Messiah as the bread of life. Thank you for the fulfillment of this prophecy in Jesus, who satisfies the deepest longings and needs of our hearts. Help us to trust in Him and to find nourishment and sustenance in His love.


We pray for those who are still searching for the bread of life. May we be a light to those around us, sharing the hope and love of Jesus with those who are in need?


We pray that You would continue to work in the hearts of those who are lost, drawing them closer to You and leading them to the truth of Your Word. We pray that you would strengthen and encourage those who are already walking with you, helping them to grow in their faith and to share your love with others.


We pray all of these things in the name of Jesus, our bread of life and savior. Amen.

The Prophecy of the Messiah as the Sacrifice for Sin in Isaiah 53:5-6 and Its Fulfillment in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The prophet Isaiah wrote about the coming Messiah, who would be a sacrifice for the sins of the world. In Isaiah 53:5-6, he says: "But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes, we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—everyone—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all."


This prophecy was fulfilled in the person of Jesus, who was born in Bethlehem and lived a sinless life. He was crucified on the cross, taking upon himself the punishment for the sins of all people. Through his death and resurrection, he reconciled us to God and provided a way for us to be forgiven and have eternal life.


The gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all tell the story of Jesus and how he fulfilled this prophecy. In Matthew, we see Jesus as the fulfillment of the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. He is born of a virgin, performs miracles, and teaches with authority. In Mark, we see Jesus as the servant of God, who came to serve and not to be served. He heals the sick, casts out demons, and teaches about the kingdom of God. In Luke, we see Jesus as the savior of the world, who came to bring salvation to all people. He performs miracles, teaches about the kingdom of God, and ultimately offers himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. In John, we see Jesus as the Son of God, who came to reveal the Father to us. He performs miracles, teaches about the kingdom of God, and ultimately offers himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.


Through the gospels, we see how Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah 53:5-6. He was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities, and punished for our peace. His stripes have healed us, and through his death and resurrection, we have been reconciled to God.


As we reflect on this prophecy and its fulfillment in the gospels, we can give thanks to God for sending his Son to be the sacrifice for our sins. We can also ask for forgiveness for the ways in which we have turned away from God and gone astray. And we can pray for the strength to follow Jesus and live lives that honor him.



Prayer:


 Dear God,


Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to be the sacrifice for our sins. We are so grateful for the love and grace that He has shown us through His death and resurrection. Help us to turn away from our sins and follow Him, living lives that honor Him. We pray for the strength and guidance to follow your will for our lives. In Jesus' name, we pray, Amen.

The Prophecy of the Messiah as the One Who Brings Peace and Salvation in Isaiah 9:6-7 and Its Fulfillment in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

In Isaiah 9:6-7, we see a prophecy about the coming messiah: "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace, there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this."


This prophecy speaks of the coming of a child who will be a wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, and prince of peace. He will bring an increase of government and peace and will establish and uphold his kingdom with justice and righteousness.


In the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we see the fulfillment of this prophecy in Jesus Christ. Throughout his ministry, Jesus showed himself to be a wonderful counselor, offering guidance and wisdom to those who sought it. He also demonstrated his power as the mighty God, performing miracles and showing authority over nature and the spiritual realm.


In his teachings and actions, Jesus also demonstrated his role as the everlasting Father, caring for and loving his followers as a father would. And most importantly, Jesus brought peace to the world through his death on the cross and resurrection. By taking upon himself the punishment for our sins, he reconciled us to God and brought us peace with him.


Through his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus established his kingdom and upheld it with justice and righteousness. He fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah 9:6-7 and became the messiah, the one who brings peace and salvation to the world.


As we reflect on the fulfillment of this prophecy in Jesus, we can give thanks to God for sending his son to be our savior and bring us peace. We can also be reminded of the importance of living out the peace and justice that Jesus brings in our own lives, sharing it with others, and striving to bring about his kingdom on earth.



Prayer:


Dear God,


Thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to be our messiah and bring us peace and salvation. We are grateful for his life, death, and resurrection, and the hope and joy that it brings to our lives. Help us to remember the importance of living out the peace and justice that Jesus brings, and to share it with others. May we strive to bring about your kingdom on earth, and may we experience your peace in all aspects of our lives?


In Jesus' name, we pray, Amen.

The Prophecy of the Birthplace of the Messiah in Micah 5:2 and Its Fulfillment in Matthew 2:1-6.

The prophecy of the birthplace of the Messiah is found in Micah 5:2, which says, "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." This verse foretells the birth of a ruler from the small town of Bethlehem, who will have ancient origins.


This prophecy was fulfilled in the New Testament when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, as foretold by the prophet Micah. The account of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem is recorded in Matthew 2:1-6, which says, "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.'


When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 'In Bethlehem in Judea,' they replied, 'for this is what the prophet has written: 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.''


Thus, the prophecy of the birthplace of the Messiah was fulfilled when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, just as the prophet Micah had foretold. This fulfilled prophecy serves as a reminder of God's faithfulness in keeping His promises and His sovereign control over all things.



Prayer:


Dear God,


We thank you for the fulfillment of the prophecy of the birthplace of the Messiah in the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. We are grateful for your faithfulness in keeping your promises and your sovereign control over all things. Thank you for sending your Son to be born as the ruler and shepherd of your people.


We pray that we may always remember the significance of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem and that we may seek to follow in his footsteps. Help us to trust in your plan for our lives and to have faith in your promises.


We pray for all those who are reading this devotional, that you would bless them and fill their hearts with your love and peace. We ask that you would guide them in all that they do and give them the strength and courage to follow your will for their lives.


We pray that you would be with us always and that you would never leave us or forsake us. We pray that you would fill us with your joy and peace and that you would help us to share your love with others.


In Jesus' name, we pray, Amen.


The Prophecy of the Betrayal of the Messiah by a Friend in Psalm 41:9 and Its Fulfillment in Matthew 26:14-16.

The prophecy of the betrayal of the Messiah by a friend is found in Psalm 41:9, which says, "Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me." This verse foretells the betrayal of the Messiah by someone who was close to him and whom he trusted.


This prophecy was fulfilled in the New Testament when Jesus was betrayed by one of his closest friends, Judas Iscariot. The account of Jesus' betrayal by Judas is recorded in Matthew 26:14-16, which says, "Then one of the Twelve - the one called Judas Iscariot - went to the chief priests and asked, 'What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?' So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over."


Thus, the prophecy of the betrayal of the Messiah by a friend was fulfilled when Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. This betrayal ultimately led to Jesus' death on the cross, but it was also a necessary part of God's plan for the salvation of humanity.


Prayer:


Dear God,


We thank you for the fulfillment of the prophecy of the betrayal of the Messiah by a friend in the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. We are grateful for your plan for the salvation of humanity, even though it involved the betrayal and death of your Son.


We pray that we may always remember the significance of Jesus' betrayal and that we may seek to follow in his footsteps of love and forgiveness. Help us to trust in your plan for our lives and to have faith in your promises.


We pray for all those who are reading this devotional, that you would bless them and fill their hearts with your love and peace. We ask that you would guide them in all that they do and give them the strength and courage to follow your will for their lives.


We pray that you would be with us always and that you would never leave us or forsake us. We pray that you would fill us with your joy and peace and that you would help us to share your love with others.


In Jesus' name, we pray, Amen.

The Prophecy of the Death of the Messiah by Crucifixion in Psalm 22:16 and Its Fulfillment in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Psalm 22 is a powerful and poignant psalm that speaks of the suffering and death of the Messiah. In verse 16, the psalmist writes, "They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing" (ESV). This verse has long been understood as a prophecy of the death of the Messiah by crucifixion.


This prophecy was fulfilled in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, which tell the story of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. In these accounts, we see that Jesus was indeed crucified and that his garments were divided among those who had crucified him.


Matthew 27:35-36 tells us that when Jesus was crucified, "when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. Then they sat down and kept watch over him there" (ESV). Similarly, Mark 15:24 states that "And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take" (ESV).


Luke 23:34 also speaks of this event, saying, "And Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.' And they cast lots to divide his garments" (ESV). And John 19:23-24 tells us that "When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, so they said to one another, 'Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be'" (ESV).


As we can see, all four Gospels agree that Jesus' garments were divided among those who had crucified him, just as Psalm 22:16 had prophesied. This is just one example of how the Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled in the life of Jesus, as he came to be the Messiah and the Savior of the world.


But the story of Psalm 22 does not end with the suffering and death of the Messiah. The psalm also speaks of his resurrection and the ultimate victory he would achieve over death. In verse 22, the psalmist writes, "I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you" (ESV). This verse was fulfilled in the resurrection of Jesus, as he rose from the dead and appeared to his disciples, giving them the good news of his victory over death.


Matthew 28:5-7 tells us that "the angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you" (ESV). Similarly, Mark 16:6 says that "And he said to them, 'Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him" (ESV).


The resurrection of Jesus is also mentioned in Luke 24:6, which tells us that "He is not here, but has risen



Prayer:


Dear God,


We thank you for the prophecy of the death of the Messiah by crucifixion in Psalm 22:16, and we give you praise for its fulfillment in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We are grateful that Jesus willingly suffered and died on the cross for our sins, and that through his death, he accomplished our salvation.


We thank You for the hope and the victory that we have in Jesus, and we pray that we would always remember the great love that He demonstrated for us on the cross. Help us to follow in his footsteps and to share the good news of his resurrection with others.


In Jesus' name, we pray, Amen.


The Prophecy of the Resurrection of the Messiah in Psalm 16:10 and Its Fulfillment in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Psalm 16 is a psalm of trust and confidence in God. In verse 10, the psalmist writes, "For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption" (ESV). This verse has long been understood as a prophecy of the resurrection of the Messiah.


This prophecy was fulfilled in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, which tell the story of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. In these accounts, we see that Jesus was indeed resurrected from the dead, and that his body did not see corruption.


Matthew 28:1-6 tells us that after Jesus' death, "there was a severe earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you'" (ESV).


Similarly, Mark 16:1-6 tells us that "When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, 'Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?' And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. But he said to them, 'Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him'" (ESV).


Luke 24:1-7 also speaks of the resurrection of Jesus, saying "On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, 'Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again'" (ESV).


And in John 20:1-9, we read that "Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple,



Prayer:


Dear God,


We thank you for the prophecy of the resurrection of the Messiah in Psalm 16:10, and we give you praise for its fulfillment in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We are grateful that Jesus was resurrected from the dead, and that through his resurrection, he conquered sin and death.


We thank you for the hope and the victory that we have in Jesus, and we pray that we would always remember the great love and power that he demonstrated through his resurrection. Help us to follow in his footsteps and to share the good news of his resurrection with others.


In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

The Prophecy of the Messiah as the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53 and Its Fulfillment in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The prophecy of the Messiah as the suffering servant in Isaiah 53 is one of the most well-known and beloved passages in the Old Testament. This chapter speaks of a figure who will suffer and be rejected by the people, but who will ultimately be exalted and bring salvation to the nations.


The first part of Isaiah 53 describes the suffering of the Messiah. The prophet writes: "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not" (Isaiah 53:3). This passage foretells the rejection that Jesus would face at the hands of the Jewish leaders and the people. Despite his miracles and teachings, many rejected him and even plotted to kill him.


But the suffering of the Messiah was not only physical. Isaiah writes: "Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted" (Isaiah 53:4). This speaks to the emotional and spiritual suffering that Jesus endured as he took upon himself the sin and guilt of the world. He willingly bore the weight of our guilt and shame, taking upon himself the punishment that we deserve.


Despite all this suffering, the Messiah would ultimately be exalted. Isaiah writes: "But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes, we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5). Through his death on the cross, Jesus paid the price for our sin and reconciled us to God.


The gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all attest to the fulfillment of this prophecy in the person of Jesus. In the gospels, we see Jesus suffering and being rejected by the people, just as Isaiah had prophesied. We see him being beaten and crucified, bearing the punishment for our sins. And we see him rising from the dead and ascending into heaven, fulfilling the promise of exaltation.


The significance of this prophecy and its fulfillment cannot be overstated. Through the suffering and death of Jesus, we have the opportunity to be reconciled to God and to have our sins forgiven. This is the heart of the gospel message, and it is a message of hope and salvation for all who believe.


As we reflect on the prophecy of the Messiah as the suffering servant in Isaiah 53 and its fulfillment in the gospels, let us give thanks to God for the incredible love and sacrifice of Jesus. Let us also pray for the grace to follow in his footsteps, bearing our own crosses and sharing the message of hope and salvation with others.



Prayer:


Dear God,


Thank you for the incredible love and sacrifice of Jesus, the Messiah, and suffering servant. Thank you for the way that he bore our griefs and carried our sorrows, taking upon himself the punishment that we deserve. Thank you for the hope and salvation that He brings to the world through His death and resurrection.


Help us to follow in his footsteps, bearing our own crosses and sharing the message of hope and salvation with others. May we be reconciled to you and find forgiveness for our sins through faith in Jesus.


We pray all of this in his precious name, Amen.



The Prophecy of the Messiah as the Shepherd of God's People in Ezekiel 34 and Its Fulfillment in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The prophecy of the Messiah as the shepherd of God's people is found in the book of Ezekiel, in chapter 34. In this chapter, the prophet Ezekiel speaks about the coming of a righteous shepherd who will care for and protect God's people.


Ezekiel writes: "I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice" (Ezekiel 34:15-16). This passage speaks of the loving care and protection that the Messiah will provide for God's people. He will seek out the lost and bring them back to the fold, care for the injured and strengthen the weak, and provide for all of their needs.


The gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all attest to the fulfillment of this prophecy in the person of Jesus. In these accounts, we see Jesus as the shepherd of God's people, caring for and protecting them. We see him seeking out the lost and bringing them to salvation, healing the sick and comforting the troubled, and providing for the needs of those around him.


One of the most famous passages in the gospels that speaks to Jesus as the shepherd is found in John 10, where Jesus says: "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep" (John 10:11). This passage speaks to the ultimate expression of Jesus' love and cares for his people – his willingness to lay down his life for them on the cross. Through his death, Jesus provided for the ultimate need of his people – forgiveness and reconciliation with God.


As we reflect on the prophecy of the Messiah as the shepherd of God's people in Ezekiel 34 and its fulfillment in the gospels, let us give thanks to God for the loving care and protection that Jesus provides. Let us also pray for the grace to follow in his footsteps, caring for and protecting others in the same way that he cares for us.



Prayer:


Dear God,


Thank you for the loving care and protection that Jesus, the Messiah and shepherd of your people, provides. Thank you for the way that he seeks out the lost and brings them back to the fold, cares for the injured and strengthens the weak, and provides for all of our needs.


Thank you for the ultimate expression of his love and care – his willingness to lay down his life for us on the cross. Through his death, he provided for our ultimate need – forgiveness and reconciliation with you.


Help us to follow in his footsteps, caring for and protecting others in the same way that he cares for us. May we be examples of his love and care for those around us.


We pray all of this in his precious name, Amen.

The Prophecy of the Messiah as the Light of the World in Isaiah 9:2 and Its Fulfillment in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The prophecy of the Messiah as the light of the world can be found in the book of Isaiah, chapter 9, verse 2: "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness-- on them, light has shined." This prophecy foretells the coming of a savior who will bring light to a world that is lost in darkness.


This prophecy is fulfilled in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, which tell the story of Jesus, the Messiah, who came to bring light to the world. Matthew 4:16, says, "The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned." This verse is a direct reference to the prophecy in Isaiah 9:2 and shows how Jesus, the Messiah, has come to fulfill it.


Throughout the gospels, Jesus is referred to as the "light of the world." In John 8:12, Jesus says, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." This statement highlights the role of Jesus as the savior who brings light to a world that is lost in darkness.


In addition to being the light of the world, Jesus is also the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Messiah as the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6, says, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." This prophecy foretells the coming of a savior who will bring peace to the world.


In the gospels, Jesus is referred to as the Prince of Peace. Luke 2:14, says, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." This verse shows how Jesus, the Messiah, brings peace to the world through his birth and ministry.


Throughout the gospels, Jesus teaches about the importance of peace and how it can be achieved through love and forgiveness. In Matthew 5:9, Jesus says, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." This statement highlights the importance of being a peacemaker and how it is a key part of being a follower of Jesus.


In addition to being the light of the world and the Prince of Peace, Jesus is also the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Messiah as the suffering servant. Isaiah 53:3, says, "He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem." This prophecy foretells the coming of a savior who will suffer and die for the sins of the world.


In the gospels, Jesus fulfills this prophecy by willingly suffering and dying on the cross for the sins of humanity. In John 3:16, it says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." This verse shows how Jesus, the Messiah, willingly suffered and died on the cross for the sins of the world in order to bring salvation to humanity.


Through his death and resurrection, Jesus reconciled us to God and brought us.



Prayer:


Dear God,


We give you thanks for the prophecy of the Messiah as the light of the world in Isaiah 9:2. We are grateful that this prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus, who came to bring light to a world that was lost in darkness.


We praise you for the way Jesus lived out this prophecy through his teachings, miracles, and ultimate sacrifice on the cross. We are grateful for the light and hope that He brings to our lives and the lives of all people.


Help us to follow in Jesus' footsteps and be a light to the world, sharing his message of love, peace, and salvation with those around us. We pray that we may always remember the importance of being peacemakers and striving for unity and reconciliation in our relationships.


Thank you for the gift of Jesus and the hope that he brings to the world. May we always seek to follow Him and be a light to those around us?


In Jesus' name, we pray, Amen.

The Prophecy of the Messiah as the Cornerstone of God's People in Psalm 118:22 and Its Fulfillment in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The prophecy of the Messiah as the cornerstone of God's people can be found in Psalm 118:22: "The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone." This prophecy foretells the coming of a savior who will be rejected by the world but will become the cornerstone of God's people.


This prophecy is fulfilled in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, which tell the story of Jesus, the Messiah, who came to be the cornerstone of God's people. Matthew 21:42, says, "Jesus said to them, 'Have you never read in the Scriptures: "The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes"?'" This verse is a direct reference to the prophecy in Psalm 118:22 and shows how Jesus, the Messiah, has come to fulfill it.


Throughout the gospels, Jesus is referred to as the cornerstone of God's people. In Ephesians 2:20, it says, "Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself." This verse shows how Jesus, the Messiah, is the cornerstone of God's people and how he is the foundation upon which we are built.


In addition to being the cornerstone of God's people, Jesus is also the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Messiah as the son of David. Isaiah 11:1, says, "A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots, a Branch will bear fruit." This prophecy foretells the coming of a savior who will be a descendant of King David.


In the gospels, Jesus is referred to as the son of David. Matthew 1:1, says, "A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham." This verse shows how Jesus, the Messiah, is a descendant of King David and fulfills the prophecy of the Messiah as the son of David.


Throughout the gospels, Jesus teaches about the importance of being a servant and how it is a key part of being a follower of God. In Matthew 20:28, Jesus says, "Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." This statement highlights the importance of serving others and following in the example of Jesus, who came to serve and give his life for the salvation of humanity.


In addition to being the cornerstone of God's people and the son of David, Jesus is also the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Messiah as the Lamb of God. Isaiah 53:7, says, "He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep, before its shearers are silent, so he did not open his mouth." This prophecy foretells the coming of a savior who will be oppressed and afflicted, but will not defend himself.


In the gospels, Jesus fulfills this prophecy by willingly suffering and dying on the cross for the sins of humanity. John 1:29, says, "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'" This verse shows how Jesus, the Messiah, is the Lamb of God who willingly suffered and died on the cross for us sinners.



Prayer:


Dear God,


Thank you for the prophecy of the Messiah in Psalm 118:22, which says, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone." We praise You for fulfilling this prophecy in the person of Jesus, who was rejected by the religious leaders of his day but has become the cornerstone of Your people.


As we read the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we see how Jesus lived a perfect life, died on the cross for our sins, and rose again on the third day. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus has become the cornerstone of our faith, the foundation on which we build our lives.


We thank You for the love and grace that You have shown us through Jesus, and we pray that we may follow Him and be built into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to You through Jesus Christ.


In Jesus' name, we pray, Amen.