Jesus Is the Son of God Part: Two (Matt 27:50-54)
by Terry Broome
In our last writing we began with the assertion that Jesus is the Son of God. In this writing we will look at Biblical evidences that substantiate our affirmative answer to the question “Is Jesus really the Son of God?” First we notice that Jesus is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. The Jewish Scriptures abound in prophecies of a coming redeemer. For instance, we learn that He is the Fulfilment Of Many “Seed” Promises. For instance:
The Seed of Abraham: Genesis 12:3 (KJV) 3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Genesis 22:18 (KJV) 18And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
Galatians 3:16 (KJV) 16Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
The Seed of David: Jeremiah 23:5-6 (KJV) 5Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 6In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Beginning with Moses and ending with Malachi, every prophet of the Old Testament tuned his harp to sing the theme of the coming Messiah.
t was comparatively simple to say that a Saviour would come, but when they added over 300 specific details several hundred years before his birth about Him they built up a framework of certainty that could not be denied: Born in Bethlehem, Micah 5:2; born of a virgin, Isaiah 7:14; His ministry described, Isaiah 61:1-3 (see Luke 4:16-22); His stripes, Isaiah 53:5; bearer of sin, Isaiah 53:11, 12; make no resistance, Isaiah 53:5; betrayal, Psalm 49:9; the amount of blood money, Zechariah 11:13; grouped with criminals, Isaiah 53:9, 12; no bones broken, Psalm 34:20; potter’s field, Zechariah 11:13; resurrection, Psalm 16:10; ascension, Psalm 68:18 just to mention a few!
This is nothing short of astounding! Human wisdom cannot peer ahead and predict accurately what will transpire (other than by “educated” guess). If a man could predict who the president would be 100 years from now, telling of his birthplace, where he would attend school, describing his early career, length of time in office, place and manner of death, then the tests for true prophecy would be met. Of course, no man of our day would dare attempt such a thing. Jesus’ fulfillment of Old Testament Prophecy is evidence which substantiates His claim to be God’s Son.
Then There Is Jesus’ Sinless Life. “Which of you convicts me of sin?” (John 8:46). Jesus never received an answer. Although his ministry was public, his critics could find nothing wrong with him. We would expect the witness Of His friends to affirm the purity of His life, but what about His enemies? Even Jesus’ Enemies Acknowledged His Perfect Character:
Luke 23:41 – Thief On The Cross: “And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.”
Luke 23:22 – Pilate: “Why, what evil hath he done?”
Luke 23:47 – Roman Centurion: “Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying Certainly, this was a righteous man.”
Only by means of lies and false witnesses could the Jewish authorities rid themselves of this man. Jesus’ Sinless Life remains as evidence that he was who he claimed to be – the Son of the living God.
Just who was this man? But was He (is He) really the Son of God? The evidence of Jesus’ fulfillment of Old Testament Prophecy and His sinless life says YES! Now, what will you do with him? Accept him or reject him?
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