You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. (John 5:39-40)
Religious leaders continually argued with Jesus over the Bible. They thought that He was wrong and they were right. As silly as this sounds, we do the same thing every time we disagree with the Word of God.
Jesus teaches that the point of the Old Testament was to learn about Him and have a relationship with Him forever. Part of what Jesus is talking about is prophecy. Roughly a quarter of the Bible was prophecy when written–predicting future events in advance.
Here are just a few examples of the amazing Word of God:
1. The Bible predicted that Jesus would be born of a virgin and be Immanuel “God with us”
Isaiah 7:14 (700 B.C.) “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
2. The Bible predicted that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem
Micah 5:2 (700 B.C.) “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times [eternity].”
3. The Bible predicted that Jesus would come to the Temple before it was destroyed in 70 A.D.
Malachi 3:1 (400 B.C.) “See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty.
4. The Bible predicted that though sinless Jesus would be buried in the tomb of the rich man Joseph of Arimathea
Isaiah 53:9 (700 B.C.) He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
5. The Bible predicted that Jesus would rise from death
Psalm16:10 (1000 B.C.) …you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
This list is only a small example of the kinds of prophecy that the Bible gives about Jesus Christ. They reveal that the Bible is unlike any other book because it is the book that God wrote. And, the Bible is all about Jesus!
Which of the prophecies above do you find most amazing? Why?