Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus of Nazareth
Messiah is the transliteration of the Old Testament Hebrew word pronounced
meaning Anointed One, which when translated into the New Testament Greek is
Since the first century AD, Christ has been used as the name of the man known
during His own human lifetime as Jesus of Nazareth and rightly so, for He was indeed The
Christ, The Messiah.
1. The Anointed One will be born in Bethlehem.
Old Testament Prophecy: But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only
a small village in Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are
from the distant past. Micah 5:2 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: Jesus was born in the town of
Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. Matthew 2:1
2. The Anointed One will be a descendant of Judah.
Old Testament Prophecy: The scepter will not depart from Judah,
nor the rulers staff from his descendants, until the coming of the one to whom it
belongs, the one whom all nations will obey. Genesis 49:10 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: Luke 3:23-38 and Matthew 1:1-17 confirm
that Jesus is a descendant of Judah.
3. The Anointed One will be a descendant of David.
Old Testament Prophecies: The Lord swore to David a promise he
will never take back: I will place one of your descendants on your throne. If your
descendants obey the terms of my covenant and follow the decrees that I teach them, then
your royal line will never end. Psalm 132:11 (NLT)
For the time is coming, says the Lord, when I will place a
righteous Branch on King Davids throne. He will be a King who rules with wisdom. He
will do what is just and right through the land. Jeremiah 23:5-6
At that time I will bring to the throne of David a righteous descendant, and he
will do what is just and right throughout the land. Jeremiah 33:15
New Testament Fulfillment: He will be very great and will be
called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor
David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!
Luke 1:32-33 (NLT)
4. The Anointed One will be born of a virgin.
Old Testament Prophecy: All right then, the Lord himself will
choose the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and
will call him Immanuel God is with us. Isaiah 7:14
New Testament Fulfillment: But while she was still a virgin, she
became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiancé, being a just man, decided to
break the engagement quietly, so as not to disgrace her publicly. As he considered this,
he fell asleep, and an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. Joseph, son of
David, the angel said, do not be afraid to go ahead with your marriage to
Mary. For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a
son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their
sins. Matthew 1:18-21 (NLT)
5. Children will be killed in effort to kill the Anointed One.
Old Testament Prophecy: This is what the Lord says: A cry
of anguish is heard in Ramah mourning and weeping unrestrained. Rachel weeps for
her children, refusing to be comforted for her children are dead.
New Testament Fulfillment: Herod was furious when he learned
that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill al the boys in and around
Bethlehem who were two years old and under, because the wise men had him the star first
appeared to them about two years earlier. Herods brutal action fulfilled the
prophecy of Jeremiah. Matthew 2:16-17 (NLT)
6. The Anointed One will be taken to Egypt.
Old Testament Prophecy: When Israel was a child, I loved him as
a son, and I called my son out of Egypt. Hosea 11:1 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: That night Joseph left for Egypt with
the child and Mary, his mother, and they stayed there until Herods death. This
fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: I called my Son out of
Egypt. Matthew 2:14-15 (NLT)
7. The Anointed One will be the Son of God.
Old Testament Prophecy: The king proclaims the Lords
decree: The Lord said to me, You are my son. Today, I have become your Father.
Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the ends of the earth as
your possession. Psalm 2:7-8 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: And a voice from heaven said,
This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with him.
8.The Anointed One will be heralded by the messenger of the Lord.
Old Testament Prophecy: Listen! I hear the voice of someone
shouting, Make a highway for the Lord through the wilderness. Make a straight,
smooth road through the desert for our God. Fill the valleys and level the hills.
Straighten out the curves and smooth off the rough spots. Then the glory of the Lord will
be revealed, and all the people will see it together. The Lord has spoken!
New Testament Fulfillment: In those days John the Baptist began
preaching in the Judean wilderness. His message was, Turn from your sins and turn to
God, because the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Isaiah had spoken of John when he said,
He is a voice shouting in the wilderness: Prepare a pathway for the
Lords coming! Make a straight road for him! Matthew 3:1-3
9. The Anointed One will be anointed by the Holy Spirit.
Old Testament Prophecy: And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on
him the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the
Spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: After his baptism, as Jesus came up
out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a
dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, This is my beloved Son, and
I am fully pleased with him. Matthew 3:16-17 (NLT)
10. The Anointed One will bring light to Galilee.
Old Testament Prophecy: Nevertheless, that time of darkness and
despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will soon be humbled, but
there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the
road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory. The people who
walk in darkness will see a great light a light that will shine on all who live in
the land where death casts its shadow. Isaiah 9:1-2 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: When Jesus heard that John had been
arrested, he left Judea and returned to Galilee. But instead of going to Nazareth, he went
to Capernaum, beside the Sea of Galilee, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali.
11. The Anointed One will preach good news to the poor, comfort the broken
hearted, and announce the year of the Lords favor.
Old Testament Prophecy: The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon
me, because the Lord has appointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to
comfort the brokenhearted and to announce that captives will be released and prisoners
will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lords
favor has come. Isaiah 61:1-2 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: When he came to the village of
Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up
to read the Scriptures. The scroll containing the messages of Isaiah the prophet was
handed to him, and he unrolled the scroll to the place where it says: The Spirit of
the Lord is upon me, for he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor. He has sent
me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the
downtrodden will be freed from their oppressors, and that the time of the Lords
favor has come. He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat
down. Everyone in the synagogue stared at him intently. Then he said, This Scripture
has come true today before your very eyes! Luke 4:16-21 (NLT)
12.The Anointed One will be hated without cause.
Old Testament Prophecy: Dont let my treacherous enemies
rejoice over my defeat. Dont let those who hate me without cause gloat over my
sorrow. Psalm 35:19 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: Anyone who hates me hates my Father,
too. If I hadnt done such miraculous signs among them that no one else could do,
they would not be counted guilty. But as it is, they saw all that I did and yet hated both
of us me and my Father. John 15:23-25 (NLT)
13. The Anointed One will make the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, and
the mute speak.
Old Testament Prophecy: And when he comes, he will open the eyes
of the blind and unstop the ears of the deaf. The lame will leap like a deer, and those
who cannot speak will shout and sing! Isaiah 35:5-6 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: John the Baptist, who was now in
prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask
Jesus, Are you really the Messiah weve been waiting for, or should we keep
looking for someone else? Jesus told them, Go back to John and tell him about
what you have heard and seen the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured,
the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the
poor. And tell him: God blesses those who are not offended by me.
14.The Anointed One will enter Jerusalem riding a donkey.
Old Testament Prophecy: Rejoice greatly, O people of Zion! Shout
in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and
victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey even on a donkeys
colt. Zechariah 9:9 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: Jesus sent two of them on ahead.
Go into the village over there, he said, and you will see a donkey tied
there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them here. If anyone asks what you
are doing, just say, The Lord need them, and he will immediately
them. Matthew 21:1-4 (NLT)
The two disciples did as Jesus said. They brought the animals to him and threw
their garments over the colt, and he sat on it. Most of the crowd spread their coats on
the road ahead of Jesus, and other cut branches from the trees and spread them on the
road. He was in the center of the procession, and the crowds all around him were shouting,
Praise God for the Son of David! Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Praise God in the highest heaven! The entire city of Jerusalem was stirred as he
entered. Who is this? they asked. And the crowds replied, Its
Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee. Matthew 21:6-11
15. The Anointed One will arrive in Jerusalem at a specified time.
Old Testament Prophecy: Now listen and understand! Seven sets of
seven plus sixty-two sets of seven will pass from the time the command is given to rebuild
Jerusalem until the Anointed One comes. Daniel 9:25 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: But when the right time came, God
sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. Galatians 4:4
16. The Anointed One will enter the Temple with authority.
Old Testament Prophecy: Look! I am sending my messenger,
and he will prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to
his Temple. The messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely
coming, says the Lord Almighty. Malachi 3:1 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: Jesus entered the Temple and began to
drive out the merchants and their customers. He knocked over the tables of the money
changers and the stalls of those selling doves. He said, The Scriptures declare,
My Temple will be called a place of prayer, but you have turned it into a den
of thieves! Matthew 21:12-13 (NLT)
17. The Anointed One will be rejected.
Old Testament Prophecy: He was despised and rejected a
man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the
other way when he went by. He was despised, and we did not care.
New Testament Fulfillment: And Pilate said to the people,
Here is your king! Away with him, they yelled. Away with him
crucify him! What? Crucify your king? Pilate asked. We have
no king but Caesar, the leading priests shouted back.
18. The Anointed One will be silent in front of his accusers.
Old Testament Prophecy: He was oppressed and treated harshly,
yet he never said a word. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent
before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. Isaiah 53:7 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: Then the high priest stood up and
said to Jesus, Well, arent you going to answer these charges? What do you have
to say for yourself? But Jesus remained silent. Matthew 26:62-63
19.The Anointed One will be rejected by the Jews.
Old Testament Prophecy: The stone rejected by the builders has
now become the cornerstone. This is the Lords doing, and it is marvelous to
see. Pslam 118:22 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: Yes, he is very precious to you who
believe. But for those who reject him, The stone that was rejected by the builders
has now become the cornerstone. 1 Peter 2:7 (NLT)
20. The Anointed One will be betrayed by a friend.
Old Testament Prophecy: Even my best friend, the one I trusted
completely, the one who shared my food, has turned against me.
New Testament Fulfillment: The Scriptures declare, The one
who shares my food has turned against me, and this will soon come true. I tell you
this now, so that when it happens you will believe I am the Messiah.
Jesus said, It is the one to whom I give the bread dipped in the
sauce. And when he had dipped it, he gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. As
soon as Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. John 13:26-27
21. The Anointed One will be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver.
Old Testament Prophecy: And I said to them, If you like,
give me my wages, whatever I am worth; but only if you want to. So they counted out
for my wages thirty pieces of silver. Zechariah 11:12 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: Then Judas Iscariot, one of the
twelve disciples, went to the leading priests and asked, How much will you pay me to
betray Jesus to you? And they gave him thirty pieces of silver.
22. The 30 pieces of silver will be thrown in the potters field.
Old Testament Prophecy: And the Lord said to me, Throw it
to the potters this magnificent sum at which they valued me! So I took the
thirty coins and threw them to the potters in the Temple of the Lord.
New Testament Fulfillment: When Judas, who had betrayed him,
realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse. So he took the
thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and other leaders. I have
sinned, he declared, for I have betrayed an innocent man. What do
we care? they retorted. Thats your problem. Then Judas threw the
money onto the floor of the Temple and went out and hanged himself. The leading priests
picked up the money. We cant put it in the Temple treasury, they said,
since its against the law to accept money paid for murder. After some
discussion they finally decided to buy the potters field, and they made it into a
cemetery for foreigners. That is why the field is still called the Field of Blood.
23. The Anointed One will be accused by false witnesses.
Old Testament Prophecy: Malicious witnesses testify against me.
They accuse me of things I dont even know about. Psalm 35:11
New Testament Fulfillment: Many false witnesses spoke against
him, but they contradicted each other. Mark 14:56 (NLT)
24. The Anointed One will be beaten, mocked, and spit upon.
Old Testament Prophecy: I give my back to those who beat me and
my cheeks to those who pull out my beard. I do not hide from shame, for they mock me and
spit in my face. Isaiah 50:6 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: Then they spit in Jesus face
and hit him with their fists. And some slapped him, saying, Prophesy to us, you
Messiah! Who hit you that time? Matthew 26:67 (NLT)
25. The Anointed One will be beaten, bloodied, and disfigured.
Old Testament Prophecy: See, my servant will prosper; he will be
highly exalted. Many were amazed when they saw him beaten and bloodied, so
disfigured one would scarcely know he was a person. Isaiah 52:13-14
New Testament Fulfillment: Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a
lead-tipped whip. The soldiers made a crown of long, sharp thorns and put it on his head,
and they put a royal purple robe on him. Hail! King of the Jews! they mocked,
and they hit him with their fists. John 19:1-3 (NLT)
26. The Anointed One will be mocked and told to save himself.
Old Testament Prophecy: Everyone who sees me mocks me. They
sneer and shake their heads, saying, Is this the one who relies on the Lord? Then
let the Lord save him! If the Lord loves him so much, let the Lord rescue him!
Psalm 22:7-8 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: The leading priests, the teachers of
religious law, and the other leaders also mocked Jesus. He saved others, they
scoffed, but he cant save himself! So he is the king of Israel, is he? Let him
come down from the cross, and we will believe in him! He trusted God let God show
his approval by delivering him! For he said, I am the Son of God. And the
criminals who were crucified with him also shouted the same insults at him.
27. The Anointed Ones enemies will pierce his hands and feet.
Old Testament Prophecy: My enemies surround me like a pack of
dogs; an evil gang closes in on me. They have pierced my hands and feet.
New Testament Fulfillment: Carrying the cross by himself, Jesus
went to the place called Skull Hill (in Hebrew, Golgotha). There they crucified him.
John 19:17-18 (NLT)
28. The Anointed One will be given vinegar and gall to drink.
Old Testament Prophecy: But instead, they give me poison for
food; they offer me sour wine to satisfy my thirst. Psalm 69:21
New Testament Fulfillment: They offered him wine drugged with
myrrh, but he refused it. Mark 15:23 (NLT)
29. The Anointed Ones enemies will divide his clothes among themselves
and cast dice for his garments.
Old Testament Prophecy: My enemies stare at me and gloat. They
divide my clothes among themselves and throw dice for my garments.
New Testament Fulfillment: When the soldiers had crucified
Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it
was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said, Lets not tear it
but throw dice to see who gets it. John 19:23-24 (NLT)
30. The Anointed Ones bones will not be broken.
Old Testament Prophecy: The righteous face many troubles, but
the Lord rescues them from each and every one. For the Lord protects them from harm
not one of their bones will be broken! Psalm 34:19-20 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: The Jewish leaders didnt want
the victims hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath
at that, because it was the Passover), so they asked Pilate to hasten their deaths by
ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down. So the soldiers
came and broke the legs of the two men crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus,
they saw that he was dead already, so they didnt break his legs.
31. The Anointed Ones life will be poured out like water.
Old Testament Prophecy: My life is poured out like water, and
all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within me.
New Testament Fulfillment: One of the soldiers, however, pierced
his side with a spear, and blood and water flowed out. John 19:34
32. The Messiah will be struck down, and his disciples will be scattered.
Old Testament Prophecy: Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, the
man who is my partner, says the Lord Almighty. Strike down the shepherd, and the sheep
will be scattered, and I will turn against the lambs. Zechariah 13:7
New Testament Fulfillment: Tonight, all of you will desert
me, Jesus told them. Matthew 26:31 (NLT)
At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled. Matthew
33. The Anointed One will be buried in a rich mans grave.
Old Testament Prophecy: He had done no wrong, and he never
deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich mans
grave. Isaiah 53:9 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: Joseph took the body and wrapped it
in a long linen cloth. He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the
rock. Then he rolled the great stone across the entrance as he left.
34. The Anointed One will be killed, appearing to have accomplished nothing.
Old Testament Prophecy: After this period of sixty-two sets of
seven, the Anointed One will be killed, appearing to have accomplished nothing, and a
ruler will arise whose armies will destroy the city and the Temple.
New Testament Fulfillment: God publicly endorsed Jesus of
Nazareth by doing wonderful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know.
But you followed Gods prearranged plan. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you
nailed him to the cross and murdered him. However, God released him from the horrors of
death and raised him back to life again, for death could not keep him in its grip.
Historical Fulfillment: Titus and the Roman legions destroyed the city
and the Temple in A.D. 70.
35. The Anointed One will be raised from the dead (resurrected).
Old Testament Prophecies: For you will not leave my soul among
the dead or allow your godly one to rot in the grave. Psalm 16:10
But as for me, God will redeem my life. He will snatch me from the power of
death. Psalm 49:15 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: Then the angel spoke to the women.
Dont be afraid! he said. I know you are looking for Jesus, who was
crucified. He isnt here! He has been raised from the dead, just as he said would
happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples he
has been raised from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee.
36.The Anointed One will bear the sins of many and intercede for sinners.
Old Testament Prophecies: Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment
from God for his own sins! But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that
we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed! All of us have strayed away like
sheep. We have left Gods paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the guilt
and sins of us all. Isaiah 53:4-6 (NLT)
From prison and trial they led him away to his death. But who among the people
realized that he was dying for their sins that he was suffering their
punishment? Isaiah 53:8 (NLT)
But it was the Lords good plan to crush him and fill him with grief. Yet
when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have a multitude of children, many
heirs. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lords plan will prosper in his hands. When
he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of what
he has experienced, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted
righteous, for he will bear all their sins. I will give him the honors of one who is
mighty and great, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among those who were
sinners. He bore the sins of many and interceded for sinners.
New Testament Fulfillment: For all have sinned; all fall short
of Gods glorious standard. Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not
guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins.
For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy Gods anger
against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood,
sacrificing his life for us. God was being entirely fair and just when he did not punish
those who sinned in former times. And he is entirely fair and just in this present time
when he declares sinners to be right in his sight because they believe in Jesus.
37. The Anointed One will ascend to heaven.
Old Testament Prophecy: When you ascended to the heights, you
led a crowd of captives. Psalm 68:18 (NLT)
New Testament Fulfillment: While he was blessing them, he left
them and was taken up to heaven. Luke 24:51 (NLT)
38. The Anointed One will be served by future generations.
Old Testament Prophecy: Future generations will also serve him.
Our children will hear about the wonders of the Lord. His righteous acts will be told to
those yet unborn. They will hear about everything he has done.
New Testament Fulfillment: Every generation since the crucifixion of
Christ has heard of his righteous acts and everything he has done. Today, consciously or
unconsciously, the name of Jesus graces the lips of everyone on the face of the earth.
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