HOST: Michael Whitworth
SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software
When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This really is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” So there was a division among the people over him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
Confusion. It is an unexpected reaction to Jesus. It wasn’t that they were confused about His teaching, but rather what His teaching said about who He was. Some were convinced by the authority and wisdom of His teaching that He was the Christ, the promised One of the Old Testament. Others, who knew the prophecies but did not know Jesus, objected because they did not believe Him to be a fulfillment of those prophecies. Ironically, they were correct in stating what the prophets had foretold, but they were wrong in assuming that Jesus was from Galilee. He had been born in Bethlehem, and He was from the lineage of David, just as the prophets had promised. In fact, of more than 300 Old Testament prophecies concerning the coming Messiah, Jesus would fulfill every single one. He was a perfect match for the picture of the Messiah that the prophets painted throughout the Old Testament Scriptures. So convincing was this evidence that, throughout the New Testament, the apostles and other writers continually point to those fulfilled prophecies as proof of the legitimacy of Christ. Jesus is the Christ and, about that, there should be no doubt or confusion.
How do the Old Testament prophecies prove that Jesus is the Christ?
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