9. Jesus: The Prophesied Messiah
The birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (“Christ” means Messiah) fulfilled over 300 prophecies written about the Messiah in the Hebrew Scriptures. Here are just five of the prophecies Jesus fulfilled:
1. The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2)
2. The Messiah would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14)
3. The Messiah would be resurrected (Psalm 16:8-11)
4. The Messiah would be pierced for our transgressions (Isaiah 53:5)
5. The Messiah would be the descendant of Abraham through whom all nations would be blessed (Genesis 12:3)
10. Jesus: The Resurrected Lord
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas,and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time...” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
On numerous occasions Jesus predicted his death and his resurrection. Each of the four gospels includes extensive details about the resurrection. All of the sermons in the book of Acts focus on the resurrection. The essential message of the gospel is Christ’s death and resurrection.
There is just one question that should determine if someone should be a Christian:
Is Christianity true?
“For if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (1 Corinthians 15:14).
But if Jesus was raised, the only logical response is to humbly acknowledge Him as Lord.
Who is Jesus? And how do we explain Jesus to our non-believing friends and family, co-workers and acquaintances? We explain Jesus in the same way we accept Jesus: with humility and love, with grace and truth.
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Donna Jones: Donna Jones is a national speaker, author and pastor’s wife who is passionate about helping people know and love Jesus. She’s the author of Seek: A Woman’s Guide to Meeting, God, Taming Your Family Zoo and the Get Healthy Bible study series. Donna is mom to three funny, Jesus loving young adult kids who frequently sit on her kitchen counter, just to chat. Connect with Donna and find out about her free online Bible studies at www.donnajones.org or on Instagram @donnaajones.