Matthew 16:16 – Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
The Promised Deliverer
Jesus was the fulfillment of the prophecies in the Old Testament. It’s amazing to see how books written hundreds and thousands of years before Christ could so specifically predict the things that would take place. Here is an example of those prophecies:
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.[b]
Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
you are the one Israel praises.[c]
In you our ancestors put their trust;
they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
“He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
“let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him.”
Yet you brought me out of the womb;
you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
From birth I was cast on you;
from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.
Many bulls surround me;
strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
Roaring lions that tear their prey
open their mouths wide against me.
I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
it has melted within me.
My mouth[d] is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
you lay me in the dust of death.
Dogs surround me,
a pack of villains encircles me;
they pierce[e] my hands and my feet.
All my bones are on display;
people stare and gloat over me.
They divide my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.
But you, Lord, do not be far from me.
You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
Deliver me from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dogs.
Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
I will declare your name to my people;
in the assembly I will praise you.
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
For he has not despised or scorned
the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
but has listened to his cry for help.
From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
before those who fear you[f] I will fulfill my vows.
The poor will eat and be satisfied;
those who seek the Lord will praise him—
may your hearts live forever!
All the ends of the earth
will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
will bow down before him,
for dominion belongs to the Lord
and he rules over the nations.
All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
those who cannot keep themselves alive.
Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord.
They will proclaim his righteousness,
declaring to a people yet unborn:
He has done it!
11 Prophecies in Psalm 22
There are 11 prophecies right here in this chapter that point to Jesus as the Savior, the Messiah. Why does it matter? Because it adds validity to His claims to be the Messiah. That means we can have faith in Him. The Scripture is giving its testimony for our Lord Jesus.
Some of the prophesies in Psalm 22:
- The Messiah will be sneered at and mocked – fulfilled Matthew 27:39-44
- The Messiah will be pierced through hands and feet – fulfilled Luke 23:33 and 24:36-39
- The Messiah’s bones will not be broken – fulfilled John 19:31-33,36
- Men Will Gamble for the Messiah’s clothing – fulfilled John 19:23,24
There are so many more places in scripture that point to Jesus as the Messiah and Savior. Those scriptures are how Herod’s scholars could figure out where the messiah was to be born. Herod believed that this Messiah was to be the new leader of the Jews, and couldn’t stand that idea so he had all the boys two and under killed in Bethlehem. Herod believed it. The wise men too knew of the prophecies and knew when the star rose in the east that they were going to see the new king. They were certain, or they wouldn’t have gone on that long journey. All of these events, prophecies and people are witnesses for the Truth that Jesus is the Messiah, our Messiah that we might be saved by Him and have eternal life.
Can I get a witness?