While we have looked at about forty prophecies concerning the Messiah and the days surrounding Good Friday, there are at least seventy such prophecies—just on this period in Jesus’ life. When we add to that all the prophecies about His birth, His ministry, His nature, and His Second Coming, we would fill several year-long devotionals.
Let me encourage you, if you don’t already, to read through the whole of the Bible regularly, and to make special note of prophecies concerning Christ. Look, too, for “types” and for mentions of the Angel of the Lord, which is the pre-incarnation form God the Son would take as He interacted with mankind. When you go to the Old Testament with the mindset that it is about Jesus, it will give it more life and meaning.
There are some good books out there to help you learn about these prophecies, as well. One which has a good overview is David Limbaugh’s The Emmaus Code. It’s very readable, and helps shed light on the various ways Christ is the central figure of the Old Testament. A bit more detailed look at Messianic prophecies can be found in Herbert Lockyer’s All the Messianic Prophecies of the Bible.
Another really good book is John MacArthur’s Gospel According to God, which takes a more in-depth, yet still accessible, look at Isaiah 53. His book, One Perfect Life, is a compilation of Scriptures from the Old and New Testament about the life of Jesus, with MacArthur’s commentary at the bottom of the page. While it is not specifically about prophecy, many of them are included, and the book is such a wonderful Christ-centered volume that I highly recommend it.
If you have Jewish friends, I recommend the book Isaiah 53 Explained, by Mitch Glaser. It is written from the Messianic Jewish perspective, and gives some ideas about how Jesus’ claims can be presented to Jewish people.
One more recommendation is to pay special attention to the book of Hebrews. It is the perfect companion to your Scripture reading from the Old Testament, putting those writings into perspective in the light of Christ Jesus, showing not only how He is the fulfillment of the Old Testament, but is superior to all the shadows of the types and prophecies that whispered of Him in ages past.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries
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