Christ and the Scriptures

Christ and the Scriptures

Jesus is the only one who has fulfilled the Scriptures. This is His teaching. Note the following verse:

Matthew 5:17 (KJV)
(17) Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.”

This is what Jesus came to do. For this reason, Jesus refuted the teachings of the religious leaders. They had it wrong because they had added to the Law of Moses making it difficult to be obedient to them.

Confirmation comes through observation. After John the Baptist found himself in prison, his hopes went down. That is the reason why he sent his friends to find out if Jesus was the one he had heralded, or was he to look for another. Jesus outlined His ministry, and He quoted from Isaiah. In this verse, Jesus detailed the accomplishments of His ministry.

Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me” http://ref.ly/Mt11.4-6. Jesus’ claim as to who He is based upon Scripture. He alone was fulfilling them. His life fulfilled all the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. What a wonderful assurance this is!

Jesus is God

Because of fulfilling the Scriptures and for other reasons, Jesus has convinced millions that He is God manifest in human flesh. He alone has answers to the deep problems of life.

It is hard for us today to believe in an incarnate God, and it was difficult to those believers to believe as well. It may have been easy for Greeks and Romans. This may be true because their mythology contained similar ideas. It was among orthodox Jews that the gospel first gained a foothold. Here were people who had been raised in a culture based upon centuries of solid monotheism. They declared the following in their synagogues:

Deuteronomy 6:4 (KJV)
(4) Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:”

They abhorred the polytheism of the Gentile cultures of their day. Through talking with Jesus and through observing Him as He went about the countryside teaching and doing good, these men came to believe that He was more than just a man. He was God incarnate. Many of these believers became martyrs. They refused to renounce Jesus as Lord. Note what Peter said in http://ref.ly/Mt16.16. Thomas called Jesus “My Lord and my God.” John 20:28. Paul wrote that he was “declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead” Romans 1:4.

It is the same today. Millions confess faith in Jesus Christ, and in who He is. Centuries separate us from His earthly ministry, but that does not cause our faith to wane. Secular opinion is steeped in skepticism. Its conclusion is against the fact that Jesus is God. We walk by faith. Yet Jesus has spoken to us and convinced His children that He is God. Those who have studied His life have been moved to faith in Him. Only Jesus has convinced millions to be in Him.

 

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