13th December 2013

Jesus, The Fulfilment Of Scripture 

For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
Matthew 13:16-17 (NIV UK)

People in the Old Testament lived in a time of anticipation. They were waiting for God to intervene and sometimes got frustrated that he did not work according to their timetable. They were in a waiting mode, waiting for the Messiah to come. 

Christ’s comment above was made to his disciples. He was explaining that the waiting was over because the scriptures about the Messiah had been fulfilled in him. 

This concept, that Jesus is the fulfilment of the Messiah prophecies, is very evident in the scriptural accounts of Jesus’ birth and childhood. 

Note some examples: the virgin birth – “All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet” (Matthew 1:22); the flight to Egypt – “And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet” (2:15); the slaughter of the innocents – “Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled” (2:17); moving to Nazareth – “So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets” (2:23); and many more such references occur throughout the Gospels. 

The Gospel writers were keen to stress that all scriptures about the Messiah to come were fulfilled in the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of the Jesus. Their thought was that if even one of the scriptures was not fulfilled in Christ, then Jesus is not the Messiah. Christ came, not to abolish the Law and the Prophets, “but to fulfil them” (5:17). In John 5:39 Jesus said to the assembled Jews and religious leaders, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me”. 

Luke summarized the concept towards the end of his account of Jesus’ life. Christ said to his disciples, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms” (Luke 24:44). 

Jesus is the fulfillment of the scriptures about God’s salvation. He is the realization of the prophecy in Isaiah 9:6 “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 Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”. 

Eternal Father, thank you that you have fulfilled your grace and purpose for us in and through your Son, Jesus, through whose name we pray.

Study by James Henderson


openbibleAbout the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  James is speaking this weekend in our Irvine and Glasgow Churches.  You are welcome to attend any of our Church congregations located throughout the UK.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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