The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Scripture tells us that Messiah is a sure thing. Even Jesus said everything we call the Old Testament points to Him. Luke 24: 44 Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled. When we read the Old Testament through this lens, we can find hundreds of references to the coming of Jesus.

“One scholar, J. Barton Payne, has found as many as 574 verses in the Old Testament that somehow point to or describe or reference the coming Messiah. Alfred Edersheim found 456 Old Testament verses referring to the Messiah or His times. Conservatively, Jesus fulfilled at least 300 prophecies in His earthly ministry.”[1]

Zechariah Thought Messiah was a Sure Thing

As his son is born, Zechariah sees that Messiah is a sure thing. How do we know this? Zechariah’s prophecy is in the past tense, and Jesus won’t be born for another six months. During his nine months of deafness and muteness, Zechariah has had time to consider how God works. The first words out of his mouth after this period of silence are praise and prophecy. Much of the prophecy about the Messiah is in the past tense because, at this point, Zechariah knows God will do what He says He will do.

It is easy to be confused as we read the song of Zechariah, but please understand that some phrases are in the past tense simply because Zechariah sees the coming of the Messiah as a “done deal.”

Our Messiah is Still a Sure Thing

No matter what you’ve done, Jesus is still a sure thing. As we trust in Jesus, we can be forgiven and have the promise of eternal life.

John 1:12 But to all who believed him and accepted him (Jesus), he gave the right to become children of God.[2]

John 3: 16 For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.[3]

Ephesians 2: God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.[4]

1 John 1: But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. [5]

May you know Messiah is a sure thing. To find out more, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/even-in-silence-god-is-at-work


[1] https://www.gotquestions.org/prophecies-of-Jesus.html

[2-5] Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation.  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. 

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