“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matthew 5:17). It is most interesting that Jesus quoted the Old Testament at least 58 times in the Gospels to prove details that related to His coming. Even more interesting is that there are 351 Old Testament prophecies related to Jesus that have already been fulfilled.
Jesus makes this point even more exciting when He walked with Cleopas and his friend from Jerusalem to Emmaus. In response to their quandary about events surrounding the crucifixion, Jesus opened their understanding “Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:27). This was the most complete lesson on Scripture and the person of Jesus that has ever been given. No Bible College or Seminary can do what Jesus did in such a short period of time. This conversation ending in a meal proved to these two disciples that what Scripture said about Jesus was true and fulfilled.
Why do we look outside Scripture for proofs regarding the person of Christ? It is because we have lost its authority in our souls, hearts and minds. If the powerful truth and authority of God’s Word takes hold of us as it should, we will realize both the purpose of Christ’s birth and our being here - to proclaim the majesty of God in the person of Jesus!
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