John 5:39(Jesus speaking)"You study the Scriptures, because you think that in them you will find eternal life. And these very Scriptures speak about me!"
Jesus said the Scriptures speak about him so it is not a futile task for one to read into the Old Testament and learn where Jesus is talked about and predicted. For people who believe in the Old Testament, but not in Jesus, this article may be a wake up call. Remember that while other prophecies could be as detailed as giving the name of the person that will fulfill it, Messiah prophecies had to be cryptic because it was God's secret plan to send Jesus for his mission on Earth.
Samson and his bride to be, and Samson and Delilah are two extraordinary pieces of insight into God's plan. Samson told his bride to be the riddle and she then told the people he bet on about it. Samson told Delilah about his weakness, and Delilah had men subdue him. God's plan for the New Testament had to be kept secret. If God would have given away the secret, evil could have planned it. Unlike Samson, God does know how to keep a secret.
Genesis 7 Baptism is like the flood. When you are baptized into Jesus, you are supposed to put your sinful self to death, and live with God. This is similar to sinful people dying and Noah being saved. The flood happened with water and so does baptism. The dove found the olive branch for Noah when the flood finished. When Jesus' baptism was finished, the Holy Spirit came down on him like a dove.
Genesis 4:4 Why is there all this animal sacrifice in the Old Testament? Jesus is referred to as the lamb of sacrifice in the New Testament. After Jesus' death, animals are not needed anymore. If you now think the idea of sacrificing to God would be pleasing, go feed the poor.
Genesis 22 God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his only son. This is similar to how God the Father sacrificed his only son Jesus.
Allusion to the Virgin Birth: Sarah, Rebecca, and Rachel all needed God to have children.
Genesis 49:10 "Judah will hold the royal scepter, And his descendants will always rule" Jesus is in the lineage of David who is in the lineage of Judah.
Moses was in the royalty, but he puts it aside to help his people in the same way that Jesus was living in the paradise of Heaven, but comes down to Earth to save mankind.
Numbers 21:4-9 The snake on a pole is an allusion towards Jesus being crucified.
The tent in the wilderness is an allusion to the temple, and the temple is an allusion to Jesus' body.
Throughout all of the Old Testament, obeying God is what matters most while sinning is shown to be ugly. Jesus obeyed God the Father to the point of his death, and Jesus never sinned.
1 Kings 8:46-50 Solomon says that if people pray to God facing the temple that their sins be forgiven. When you consider that Jesus' body was the temple, this makes sense. Solomon also says, "But can you, O God, really live on earth among men and women?"
Job was faithful and the most good man on Earth. Yet Job still suffered for the will of God. Jesus was the best man who ever lived and never sinned and Jesus suffered also.
Psalm 2"I will announce," says the king, "what the LORD has declared. He said to me: 'You are my son; today I have become your father."
Jesus quotes Psalm 22. It details how he is ridiculed. One quote, "They gamble for my clothes and divide them among themselves" is striking because people gambled for Jesus' clothes. Another quote, "All nations will remember the LORD. From every part of the world they will turn to him; all races will worship him." is true now because people from all over the world worship God who was once exclusive to the Jews.
Psalm 23 says, "The Lord is my shepherd;" Jesus refers to himself as the good shepherd.
Psalm 24 says, "Who is this great king? The triumphant LORD-he is the great king!" a sign above Jesus when he was crucified said, "The king of the Jews."
Psalm 25 says, "Because the LORD is righteous and good, he teachers sinners the path they should follow. He leads the humble in the right way and teaches them his will." Jesus said that he is the way.
Psalm 51 is the request for a sinner to have forgiveness. Once this sinner is spared his redeemed he says he will teach others about God. This is how it is with Christianity. A man seeks forgiveness through Jesus then after he turns from his sins, he should go on and tell other people about God.
Psalm 56 repeats, "What can a mere human being do to me?" Jesus says not to fear men, but to fear God. Once you realize that God is love, you have no fear then unless your aim is rebellion.
Jesus quotes Psalm 110.
Jesus quotes Psalm 118
Psalm 132 talks about one of David's descendants being a great king.
Isaiah 1:21-22 Jerusalem losing its righteousness is compared to wine turning into water. Jesus came to turn sinners into righteous members of his Kingdom. Jesus' first miracle was turning water into wine.
Isaiah 5:7 "...The people of Judah are the vines he planted". Jesus said he is the real vine. Jesus was from the tribe of Judah.
Isaiah 7:14 "Well then, the Lord himself will give you a sign: a young woman who is pregnant will have a son and will name him 'Immanuel'"
Isaiah 9:1-7 "The land of the tribes of the tribes of Zebulun and Naphthali was once disgraced, but the future will bring honor to the region, from the Mediterranean eastward to the land on the other side of the Jordan, and even to Galilee itself, where the foreigners live. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. They lived in a land of shadows, but now light is shining on them. You have given them great joy, Lord; you have made them happy. They rejoice in what you have done, as people rejoice when they harvest grain or when they divide captured wealth. For you have broken the yoke that burdened them and the rod that beat their shoulders. You have defeated the nation that oppressed and exploited your people, just as you defeated the army of Midian long ago. The boots of the invading army and all their bloodstained clothing will be destroyed by fire. A child is born to us! A son is given to us! And he will be our ruler. He will be called, 'Wonderful Counselor,' 'Mighty God,' 'Eternal Father,' 'Prince of Peace.' His royal power will continue to grow; his kingdom will always be at peace. He will rule as King David's successor, basing his power on right and justice, from now until the end of time. The LORD Almighty is determined to do all this."
Isaiah 11:1-9 Describes the Peaceful Kingdom of when Jesus returns to Earth.
Isaiah 12:1-6 "God is my savior" "God's people rejoice when he saves them.' "Let the whole world hear the news." "Israel's holy God is great, and he lives among his people."
Isaiah 24:1-23 Events described here are similar to those in Revelations. The Earth will become evil, but kings and powers above will be taken prisoner. The Lord Almighty will be king.
Isaiah 28:16-17"This, now, is what the Sovereign LORD says: 'I am placing in Zion a solid cornerstone on which are written the words, 'Faith that is firm is also patient.' Justice will be the measuring line for the foundation and honesty will be its plumb line.'" Jesus is the cornerstone, the foundation.
Isaiah 22-24 "… The LORD himself will be our king; he will rule over us and protect us. No one who lives in our land will ever again complain of being sick, and all sins will be forgiven.'
Isaiah 53 1-12 This is possibly the most powerful prediction of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. It is so powerful that scholars in the early 1900s once thought it was written after the New Testament was written. After the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947, a copy of Isaiah was in them which dated before the New Testament was written thus proving the scholars wrong.
Zechariah 9:9 "Rejoice, rejoice, people of Zion! Shout for joy, you people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you! He comes triumphant and victorious, but humble and riding on a donkey- on a colt, the foal of a donkey."
Zechariah 11:4-17 These passages definitely deal with Jesus, but the spiritual insight to understand them is above my level.
Micah 5:2 He will be born in Bethlehem
- Jim Sager III
(ALL Bible quotes from Good News Bible.)