The verses provided here are by no means exhaustive, yet they do represent the most obvious, easiest to recognize and correlate with the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ. When we see that these prophecies were made so many years before Jesus, and how many of these were made by others over whom Jesus had no direct control, it becomes plain that this was always God’s plan and purpose and that this Jesus really is the One come to save us from our sins.
The Coming Messiah
God promised to Eve and to Abraham and again to David that He would raise up One who would save us from the curse and rule over us as our blessed King.
2 Samuel 7:12-13
The Holy Birth
God promised Eve that HER seed (offspring) would overcome the serpent—that is, the seed of a woman, not of the man. So God prophesied through Isaiah that this Messiah would be born of the virgin and so come miraculously into the world.
Jeremiah 23:5-6 "
The Suffering Servant
Throughout the Old Testament, God promises that His blessed King, His Messiah, would come to suffer before he reigned in glory. Many of these verses are directly quoted by Jesus or the Gospel writers as pointing to the suffering of the Anointed King.
John 19:38, 40
Matthew 26:15, 27:5-9
Psalm 22 is special in the prophesies of the Suffering Servant because of how detailed it is in describing the crucifixion of Jesus. The verses of fulfillment of Psalm 22 are provided below.
Isaiah 52-53, the fourth Servant Song of Isaiah, is like Psalm 22 in how detailed and specific it is in describing the crucifixion of Jesus in the Gospels. Note that this prophecy ends by speaking about the continued life of the one who was slain.
The Passover Lamb
Scripture not only shows us that the King should suffer. It also shows us that his suffering and death is intended as a sacrifice for our sins and the gift of new life, just as God provided the Passover to point forward to the death of Jesus.
Exodus 12:1-13, 46
John 1:29, 36
God also promised that this Suffering Servant would be raised on the third day to live and rule and reign for all eternity at the right hand of the Father.