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Messianic Prophecies and Their Fulfillment

Here is a look at all the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah and their fulfillment in the New Testament

Luke 24.44

Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • March 4, ad 2012


  1. I have heard it said often, and
    1. I have repeated it without verifying it,
    2. that Jesus fulfilled over 300 prophecies in the Old Testament.
  2. I want to do what Luke 24 says Jesus did with the men on the road to Emmaus,27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself (Luke 24.27).
  3. We also want to see what Jesus meant when He said this to the eleven disciples,44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me” (Luke 24.44).
    1. Luke 18 shows one of those things that He said,31 Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished” (Luke 18.31).
    2. Also, Matthew 5 recorded Jesus saying this,17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Matt 5.17, 18).
  4. Sometimes a prophecy is not clear, and
    1. even in the first century they debated these things,40 Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is the Prophet.” 41 Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” 43 So there was a division among the people because of Him (John 7.40–43).
  5. Why is this important?
    1. It shows that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ promised in the Old Testament.
    2. It shows that the Bible is accurate.
    3. It sheds light on many New Testament passages.
    4. It leads to salvation and the strengthening of our faith.
      1. 2Ti 3.14–17
      2. Gal 3.24
    5. It provides great evidence of biblical truth, especially about Jesus, for our increasingly secular and skeptical society.
    6. It shows that God did not do things haphazardly, but followed a plan:
      1. Eph 1.3–14, note especially vv. 4, 7, 10
      2. Eph 3.9–11
      3. 1Pe 1.18–21
      4. Rom 1.2–4
      5. Rom 16.25–27
      6. Acts 3.18, 21–26
    7. It shows that other promises that we either cannot see fulfilled or are yet to be fulfilled, do happen or will happen.
      1. For example, God promises forgiveness based on certain conditions.
        1. We cannot see forgiveness take place, but
        2. we know that it has because God speaks the truth.
      2. Another example is the Second Coming.
        1. We have not seen it happen, yet,
        2. we can know that it will happen
          1. just as much as the prophecies of His first coming came to pass.


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