All the prophets of Israel who wrote foretold of a coming Messiah (i.e. Christ). All of these prophecies were written hundreds of years before Christ’s birth – some, over a thousand years before His birth. And some were originally spoken over two thousand years before the first Scriptures were written. Thus, by the time of Christ there was a substantial library of predictions about His life. In fact, Jesus testified that the Scriptures were written primarily with Him in view (John 5:39-40; Luke 24:25-49).
After Jesus was raised from the dead, He instructed His apostles to bear witness to His life, death, and resurrection – which they had all seen firsthand. He revealed to them also the way that the Scriptures had previously testified of all that they had seen. They, being devout Jews, already had a sense of how the Scriptures foretold Messiah and His coming kingdom. However, they had only seen through a glass darkly. Through Jesus’ explanations, the day dawned and the morning star arose in their hearts. They began to see the fullness of what the Scriptures had said about Him.
Thus, what the prophets wrote of Him was confirmed by what the apostles saw with their own eyes and heard with their own ears. The central fact of history – the most important fact that will ever be known in all history that ever has been or ever will be recorded – is attested to by the prophets and the apostles in two very different, but mutually reinforcing ways: the prophets by inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the apostles by their five physical senses. We who look for assurance about what matters in this life could not be better served than by these two faithful streams of witness to Jesus Christ.
The prophets and the apostles are the witnesses – Christ is the fact. Let us accept the indisputable Fact…and live our lives accordingly.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.